After years of then-President Donald Trump confronting China on its aggressive claims in the South China Sea, his successor finally got a chance to prove he can be just as tough on the Asian superpower.
Instead of a blowout of China’s claims, however, President Joe Biden’s first attempt at a freedom of navigation exercise in the area nearly turned into a total propaganda victory for the Chinese Communist Party.
Thankfully, the United States Navy stepped in to keep the service’s image intact and provide the truth about its bold exercise.
According to U.S. government-funded Radio Free Asia, the destroyer USS John McCain participated in a Feb. 5 freedom of navigation exercise around the contested Paracel Islands, islands in the northern South China Sea, also known as the Xisha Islands, in an area “contested by China, Taiwan and Vietnam.”
This maneuver, which asserts the right of U.S. ships to travel through