In the ever-turbulent sea of global politics, an incensed China has squarely targeted the United States for its recent military maneuvers, specifically the deployment of the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group (CSG) in the contentious South China Sea. This latest American military activity has sparked a flurry of verbal assaults from Chinese state media and maritime experts.

Subsequently, it ignited a debate over Carl Vinson’s patrol intentions, most seeing it as a symbol, a diplomatic dagger pointed at the heart of Beijing’s regional ambitions.

China’s Bold Claims of Superiority

The Global Times, a mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party, has become the platform for Chinese maritime analysts to voice their claims of military superiority in the Western Pacific.

According to these experts, American aircraft carriers like the USS Carl Vinson are highly vulnerable to China’s long-range missile capabilities, suggesting that Beijing holds the upper hand in anti-carrier warfare.

This claim concerns the ongoing territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas involving multiple neighboring countries, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Japan—all opposing China’s sweeping claims.

Beijing also warns the Philippines, the water territory where Carl Vinson has been deployed, “not to receive wrong signals and escalate the situation.”

“We hope that the Philippines will make the wise choice, return to the right track of properly handling disputes through dialogue and consultation, and work with China to properly handle and manage the situation at sea,” Mao Ning, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesperson, told reporters a day before the Global Times reproach on the Carl Vinson CSG deployment.

USS Carl Vinson arrives in Singapore
USS Carl Vinson previously arrived in Singapore for a scheduled port visit. (Image source: DVIDS)

The USS Carl Vinson’s Operations

The USS Carl Vinson CSG’s presence in the South China Sea, confirmed by the US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), follows a successful port visit to Singapore.