Guam: Given China’s ongoing activities to gain control over Taiwan and Hong Kong, the US has initiated decisive moves for the security of the Indo-Pacific region. Three massive aircraft carriers of the US are arriving in the Chinese waters along with the deployment of bombers and spy drones. The US moves are believed to be the next phase of President Donald Trump’s aggressive policy against China over the Novel Coronavirus.
The Coronavirus, which is ravaging the world, has hit the US armed forces as well. The officials and soldiers on various US military bases have contracted the Covid-19 virus, and therefore regular missions and exercises have been postponed. Even the two aircraft carriers deployed in the Indo-Pacific were instructed to return to their bases and hold their position. Suggestions have been floated in China to take advantage of the weak position of the US forces by attacking and seizing control of Taiwan. The arrival of three US aircraft carriers in the Indo-Pacific thus assumes much significance.
The US aircraft carrier, USS Roosevelt, deployed at the Guam base, was sent off on a mission in the Indo-Pacific. The warship is currently said to be somewhere close to the Philippines Sea. Furthermore, the USS Nimitz, stationed at the San Diego port, was sent on June 8 to the Indo-Pacific mission, the US Navy said. Sources have informed that the USS Ronald Regan deployed in Japan, left the port on June 8.
Three aircraft carriers as also over 30 warships, which are a part of the carrier group, along with more than 150 fighter jets and 20,000 troops have entered the Indo-Pacific region. The US Department of Defense has not released any information specifying the deployment period of the three warships. For the first time in the last three years, three warships are deployed simultaneously to the Indo-Pacific, sources from the Pentagon revealed.
In addition, the US Department of Defense has also sent the B-1B Lancer bomber as well as the Global Hawk spy drone to the Indo-Pacific. The B-1B regularly conduct flyovers from the Guam base to the South China Sea and other nearby regions. On the other hand, the Global Hawk Spy Drones have been deployed to the Japanese port of Yokota by the US Air Force.
China has been making aggressive moves in the South China Sea for the past few months consistently indulging in activities such as sinking ships, intruding into maritime limits and using its military might to issue threats to neighbouring nations. To add to that, China has introduced the new security law to take complete control of Hong Kong as also issued warnings to attack Taiwan. Reports state China is attempting to impose an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) for dominance in the South China Sea.