USS Ronald Reagan’s Aircraft Carrier Remains in Region Amid China-Taiwan Pre-war Tensions

The Pentagon has directed the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to remain in the area near Taiwan “to monitor the situation” as China launches missiles in the region, the White House announced on Thursday.

In addition, the U.S. has delayed a planned test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile to avoid increasing tensions, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby told reporters.

“As China engages in destabilizing military exercises around Taiwan, the United States is demonstrating instead the behavior of a responsible nuclear power, by reducing the risks of miscalculation and misperception,” Kirby said of the decision.

In response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s visit to Taiwan, Beijing has kicked off live-fire exercises, launching missiles over Taiwan and positioning warships around the island.

The Reagan Carrier Strike Group is based in Japan and operates in the Western Pacific. In recent days the ship has sailed in the East China and Philippine seas.

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Source: Politico