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In a rare event, three US nuclear aircraft carriers reunite in the Asia-Pacific region, while only one remains in the Middle East. Why?

The unique gathering of three carrier battle groups in the Asia-Pacific also reflects, to some extent, US anxiety about military deterrence against China


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According to CCTV-4, South Korean media reported that three US Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carriers have gathered in waters near the Korean Peninsula in recent days.



Three U.S. Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carriers gathered in waters near Korean peninsula.

The US Naval Institute News Network reported on the 22nd local time that the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) entered the US Seventh Fleet area of operations last weekend and appeared in southeastern Japan, heading towards Pacific Ocean.


The operational area under the jurisdiction of the US Navy's Seventh Fleet covers the Korean Peninsula, consequently the three aircraft carriers "Theodore Roosevelt", "Reagan" (CVN-76) and "Carl Vinson" (CVN-70) all perform missions in this combat zone.


Public information shows that USS Theodore Roosevelt, USS Ronald Reagan, and USS Carl Vinson are all Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.

John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator for the White House National Security Council, said in a press conference on the 23rd local time to pay close attention to North Korea's military tendencies.


Recently the situation in the Asia-Pacific region has become increasingly tense.

According to CCTV news citing the Korean Central News Agency report on January 25, North Korea's Missile Administration carried out its first test launch of the new strategic cruise missile "Rocket-3-31" in development phase on the 24th.


On January 24, North Korea's Missile General Administration conducted the first test launch of the new "Rocket-3-31" strategic cruise missile under development (data map).


On January 24, North Korea's Missile General Administration conducted the first test launch of the new "Rocket-3-31" strategic cruise missile under development (data map).


According to a January 19 CCTV News report, in response to recent joint maritime exercises held by the United States, Japan and South Korea, North Korea tested an underwater nuclear weapons system in its eastern waters.


However, the American intent to simultaneously deploy three nuclear aircraft carriers is primarily to deter China in the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea regions.

It is worth mentioning that the US carrier battle group is not only composed of a single aircraft carrier, but is also equipped with cruisers, destroyers, supply ships, submarines, etc. An aircraft carrier battle group can form a powerful sea and air combat capability.


The rare gathering of three carrier battle groups in the Asia-Pacific also reflects, to some extent, US anxiety about military deterrence against China.


In this regard, Chinese Army Colonel Shi Yi, spokesman for the Eastern Theater Command, said "that the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army has organized troops to monitor and monitor the passage of the US ship during the entire process and manage it in accordance with laws and regulations".


On January 25, in a press conference, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said regarding the passage of the American destroyer USS Finn through the Taiwan Strait that "Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory and that China is firmly determined to defend its national sovereignty and territorial integrity".


Wang Wenbin responded in a press conference to the passage of the USS Finn through the Taiwan Strait.

Wang Wenbin pointed out that China has noted that since the elections in Taiwan, the United States has undertaken a series of negative actions and statements, sending wrong signals to the forces for "Taiwan independence." The U.S. actions violate the one-China principle," he added, "and the provisions of the three Sino-U.S. joint communiqués, and are contrary to the repeated statements of U.S. leaders that they do not support "Taiwan independence," the "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan," and do not seek to use the Taiwan issue as a tool to promote "Taiwan independence. According to Wang Wenbin, the U.S. leadership has repeatedly reaffirmed its commitment not to support "Taiwan independence," not to support "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan," and not to seek to use the Taiwan issue as a tool to contain China.


The image shows the data map of the USS Finn, which crossed the Taiwan Strait on Jan. 24.

In other words, according to the People's Liberation Army, the reason why this US behavior is a "provocative act" does not primarily refer to the military level, but to the political one.

In any case, this is the first time the US military has sent warships into the Taiwan Strait shortly after the election of a leader in Taiwan.


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