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US aircraft carriers are taking new routes into the South China Sea, Chinese think tank says

4 monthes ago   |   By Business Insider

US Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in Danang, Vietnam, March 5, 2018. REUTERS/Nguyen Huy Kham
US carrier strike groups entered the South China Sea 10 times in 2021, compared with six times in 2020 and five in 2019.
Use of alternative routes between islands may be designed to evade PLA radars and indicates skill diversification for US sailors, defence experts say.
The US Navy's aircraft carrier strike groups have not only increased South China Sea transits since last year, but their routes and drill patterns are becoming more complicated and unpredictable, according to a recent study...
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