China criticizes U.S. carriers in South China Sea

The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group and the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group "conducted a multitude of exercises aimed at increasing interoperability between assets as well as command and control capabilities", the U.S. Navy said, marking the first dual carrier operations in the busy waterway since July 2020.

The exercise comes days after China condemned the sailing of the destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, near the Chinese-controlled Paracel Islands in what the United States calls a freedom of navigation operation - the first such mission by the U.S. navy since President Joe Biden took office.

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TRANSLATOR: The US frequently sends warships and aircraft to the South China Sea as a show of force, which is not conductive to regional stability and peace. China continues to take necessary measures to firmly safeguard its national sovereignty and security and will work with regional countries to [? resolute ?] and protect the peace and stability of the South China Sea.