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U.S., China Both Operating Carrier Strike Groups in the South China Sea

Both the U.S. and China are operating carrier strike groups in relative close proximity in the South China Sea. The USS Ronald Reagan and China PLA Navy aircraft carrier Shandong are operating near the disputed Scarborough Shoal as of October 21, 2023.

The tensions that were stoked Sunday when Philippine and Chinese vessels collided in the South China Sea come at a time when China and the U.S. have numerous warships deployed in relatively close proximity.

The U.S. Navy’s current South China Sea-focused fleet is led by the nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan and its accompanying carrier and destroyer ships.

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