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China last week reacted violently to the joint exercises of the two aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz in the East Sea, calling it a `show of strength` by the US, accusing Washington of `seeking division`.

Some Chinese scholars also believe that this exercise by the two US aircraft carriers is an unnecessary and aggressive `chest pounding` move of President Donald Trump’s administration, which is `famous for obliterating

However, S├ębastien Roblin, a commentator specializing in international security and military history, believes that this is a wrong assessment.

The patrols of US warships through the East Sea, where China makes unreasonable claims to most of the area using the illegal `9-dash line`, send the message that Beijing cannot monopolize the area.

According to Roblin, the `reckless` moves of the previous Trump administration made allies fear that they could not rely on the US, while opponents believed that the US was weakening and increasing its activities.

The aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (front, right) and USS Nimitz (rear, right) and escorting warships practice in the East Sea, July 6.

Roblin believes that China’s claim of sovereignty over almost the entire East Sea, including areas more than 860 nautical miles from its coast, is an unreasonable action, contrary to the provisions of the United Nations Convention.

China makes this unreasonable territorial claim not only to control resource-rich entities strategically located on the trade route through the East Sea, but also to use it as a pretext to announce US patrol activities.

Chinese militia fleets have recently increased their `search` for commercial transport ships and foreign warships passing through the East Sea.

China’s unreasonable territorial claims not only threaten international law, but also oppress countries with weaker defense and economic potential.

The US is also concerned about another direct national security issue: competing for control of the Pacific Ocean with China.

The US built a network of military bases in allied countries in the Asia-Pacific region including Australia, Japan, South Korea and previously in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, China is making efforts to modernize its air force and navy with the ambition to push back the presence of US forces more than 1,700 nautical miles to the east, establishing defenses in the `first island chain` spanning

Two US aircraft carriers 'strengthen' China in the East Sea

The F/A-18E multi-role fighter of the 5th aircraft carrier air group took off from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan during a joint exercise with the USS Nimitz in the East Sea, on the night of July 4.

China has also developed a formidable arsenal of long-range anti-ship missiles, submarines, large warships and maritime attack aircraft.

According to Roblin, given China’s ambition to monopolize the East Sea, the exercises and patrols of two US aircraft carriers are necessary for deterrence, but are still not enough to prevent Beijing’s illegal actions, such as

`If the US wants to maintain a foothold in the western Pacific, it needs to reinvest in its overseas alliances, which have been completely neglected in recent years, along with deploying patrols.

This commentator said that to reinvest in alliances, the US can make efforts to heal rifts with allies and strengthen regional cooperation, instead of `frustratingly demanding more money and threatening war.`

The US military also needs to find new ways to display naval power that are less vulnerable to China’s long-range missiles, such as using boats and drones with long-range firepower.

`While the United States and China will be forced to compete in the coming decades, maintaining consistent and transparent policies will minimize the risk of provocative moves that could lead to war,` Roblin concluded.

Two US aircraft carriers 'strengthen' China in the East Sea

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