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An F/A-18E Super Hornet practices a touch-and-go maneuver on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) on June 10, 2020, in the Philippine Sea.
US naval buildup in Indo-Pacific seen as warning to China
For the first time in nearly three years, three American aircraft carriers are patrolling the Indo-Pacific waters, a massive show of naval force in a region roiled by spiking tensions between the U.S. and China and a sign that the Navy has bounced back from the worst days of the coronavirus outbreak.
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China claims the strategic waterway virtually in its entirety and is sensitive to all foreign naval action in the area, especially by the U.S. and allies such as Australia.