Tensions are rising in the South China Sea. Following military exercises conducted by two U.S. aircraft carriers (USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz), a propaganda newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) threatened that the regime possesses “carrier-killing missiles.”

The conflict in South China Sea waters, located in the Pacific Ocean, gives no respite. The alarm was sounded on July 5 when the Global Times, a newspaper used by the CCP as part of its propaganda strategy, tweeted about the “carrier-killing” missiles in Beijing while two US aircraft carriers are in the region.

The Chinese newspaper sought to provoke the attention of the U.S. Navy by reporting in a tweet that China has a “wide selection” of these missiles, and that any movement of U.S. aircraft carriers in the region is at the pleasure of the People’s Liberation Army.

The Navy’s response was not long in coming, also via Twitter, in a subtle but lapidary irony. “And yet, there they are,” published the account of the Navy’s chief of information. “Two aircraft carriers @USNavy operating in international waters of the South China Sea. #USSNimitz and #USSRonaldReagan are not intimidated #AtOurDiscretion. ” 

A Navy official told Fox News that the two carriers are in the disputed South China Sea for military drills. Rear Adm. George Wikoff said the goal was to “signal our partners and allies that we are committed to regional security and stability. The area is a place of extreme sensitivity: there the Chinese regime [CCP] claims all the territory for itself, while other nations also have claims to sovereignty over the islands there: Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Taiwan are some of the countries claiming territory.

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) and the USS Nimitz (CVN-68), are the two U.S. Navy aircraft carriers currently sailing and conducting military tests in the controversial waters of the South China Sea, which, it should be clarified, so far are considered international waters. Between the two ships, they have about 9,000 crew members and about 180 aircraft, including planes, jets, and helicopters. 

The Global Times continued the controversy by stating that the two American aircraft carriers are just a show for their allies. “The two U.S. carrier battle groups are nothing more than paper tigers on China’s doorstep, as the region is completely within reach of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) with specially made weapons that can destroy the carriers, and the U.S. exercises are merely a show to make up for their loss of face in controlling the epidemic.”

Beyond the threats from the CCP’s propaganda media, no aircraft carrier-killing missiles have been activated so far.