US won’t send aircraft carrier to China this year

US won’t send aircraft carrier to China this year

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The United States has decided not to send an aircraft carrier to China this year due to concerns over Beijing’s actions in the Pacific, according to officials.

The two superpowers had earlier supported the proposed visit.

However, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said on Friday the US would not send the carrier.

“We have no plans for a carrier visit to mainland China this year,” he said.

An unnamed defense official said the US wants to send a signal to China to seek diplomatic solutions to territorial disputes in the region by blocking the carrier visit.

“We are looking at China’s assertive and disruptive behavior in the South and East China Seas, and believe that a carrier visit to China is just not something we want to do,” the official was quoted as saying by The Wall Street Journal.

Tensions in the Asia-Pacific region escalated in recent years over disputed areas of the South China Sea and the East China Sea.

Meanwhile, Republicans are concerned about the carrier visit.

Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Sen. John McCain called on top Pentagon officials not to send the wrong signal to US allies and partners throughout the region.

“Sending such a platform to China would be seen as an international display of respect to China and its Navy, despite Beijing’s recent record of aggressive behavior in the East and South China Seas,” McCain wrote in a letter.

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