Fox News senior strategic analyst and retired general Jack Keane told America’s Newsroom on Monday that the United States’ decision to send two carriers to the South China Sea sends the right message to “our partners and allies ”and is“ exactly ”the right thing for the US military to do. “
A US Navy official confirmed to Fox News on Sunday that the USS Nimitz and the USS Ronald Reagan are now in the South China Sea for military exercises.
“The goal is to show unambiguously to our partners and allies that we are committed to regional security and stability,” Rear Admiral George Wikoff told the Wall Street Journal, who was the first to report on the exercises to upset Beijing.
The exercises, to support a free and open Indo-Pacific and promote a rules-based international order, also included “24-hour flights testing the strike capacity of carrier-based aircraft,” he added.
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Speaking on “Fox & Friends” on Monday, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said, “The message is clear, we are not going to sit idly by and leave China or anyone else else take the reins in terms of being the most powerful and dominant force. ”
Host Sandra Smith highlighted a statement from China on military exercises in the South China Sea.
“This provocative behavior by the United States seriously violates relevant international laws and rules and seriously violates China’s sovereignty and security interests,” said The Global Times, Chief Colonel Li Huamin, spokesperson for the Chinese Military Southern. Theater Command. “This deliberately increases the security risks in the region and could very easily trigger an unforeseen incident.”
Smith then asked Keane, “What message are we sending over there?” ”
“We are sending the message that we are a Pacific nation, we have always been,” he said in response. “We have significant military capability.”
He went on to say that “we want to show our partners and allies that we will not sit idly by and let them grow around our friends and partners in this region of the world”.
Keane went on to say that since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, China “was trying to demonstrate to our allies and partners that the United States is no longer the power it used to be, they are facing huge COVID problems , their navy has major problems, etc. ”
He explained that “it didn’t work”.
“Our allies are not buying this nonsense, but that is what they have [China has] and they have intensified their intimidation and pressure from Japan to Malaysia and from Australia to India, “said Keane.
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“It is in response to that, to demonstrate to our partners and allies that we are here and that we will continue to be there and that this is exactly the right thing to do for the United States military.”
Frank Miles of Fox News contributed to this report.