As Beijing prepared for an epic military parade promoting world peace and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, five Chinese Navy ships were seen sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska, an apparent first for China’s navy that also just so happens to come as President Barack Obama tours the state.
Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis confirmed to reporters that this was the first time that the United States had seen Chinese navy ships in the Bering Sea.
“We respect the freedom of all nations to operate military vessels in international waters in accordance with international law,” Davis said.
According to Reuters, the United States had identified a Chinese amphibious ship, a replenishment vessel and three surface combatant ships in what experts see as yet another example of the expanding reach of the Chinese navy that has hopes of becoming a blue water navy and asserting its global presence.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that no threatening activity had been observed, but added that “the intent of this is still unclear.”
On Twitter, Obama seems to be playing it cool.
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