The U.S. Navy said the carriers—USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan—are conducting exercises in the region to “support a free and open Indo-Pacific, according to a Daily Mail.
Analysts said the U.S. show of power was in response to recent threats the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) made through one of the Party’s mouthpiece via Twitter.
China has a wide selection of anti-aircraft carrier weapons like DF-21D and DF-26 "aircraft carrier killer" #missiles. South China Sea is fully within grasp of the #PLA; any US #aircraftcarrier movement in the region is at the pleasure of PLA: analysts. https://t.co/X5L0foka6Q pic.twitter.com/rEPjp9gqAZ
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) July 4, 2020
The CCP has a wide selection of anti-aircraft carrier weapons like DF-21D and DF-26 “aircraft carrier killer #missiles.” The South China Sea is fully within the grasp of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), and any U.S. aircraft carrier movement in the region is solely at the pleasure of the PLA.
To which the U.S. Navy’s chief of information responded.
And yet, there they are. Two @USNavy aircraft carriers operating in the international waters of the South China Sea. #USSNimitz & #USSRonaldReagan are not intimidated #AtOurDiscretion https://t.co/QGTggRjOul
— Navy Chief of Information (@chinfo) July 5, 2020
“And yet, there they are. Two @USNavy aircraft carriers operating in the international waters of the South China Sea. #USSNimitz & #USSRonaldReagan are not intimidated. #Our Discretion”
Interestingly, thousands of Indian Twitter users responded to the Global Times tweet, mocking them with memes that things “made in China” don’t last, they break, and that the United States is going to run over the CCP. Besides showing the military might of India who would be an ally of the United States in case of a war.
Anti-CPP sentiment in India is strong now because on June 15, Chinese soldiers killed 20 Indian soldiers in the disputed Himalayan border and images of handmade weapons used by the Chinese, (sticks with barbed wire) turned up on the internet, generating anger in public opinion.
US aircraft carrier waiting Chinese missiles pic.twitter.com/Dq0BK0a7Yr
— kranti Tushar (@iTuShAr_kRaNtI) July 5, 2020
Greatest army ever pic.twitter.com/OfZ24WXbhp
— Jonas Kahnwald (@Chota_Bran) July 4, 2020
Don't compare Chinese technology with US technology 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/BePiRM6eUW
— Mithun chowdhury (@badarpur) July 4, 2020
The United States has accused the CCP of moving forward in its attempt to reclaim the entire area of the South China Sea during the pandemic crisis. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam are also claiming the area, which has some $3 trillion in transactions per year.