Washington dc [US], April 11 (ANI): Amid rising tensions between the United States and China, the U.S. military has engaged in a form of “cognitive warfare” following the recent encounter between its ships of war and the Chinese navy.
Both countries deployed aircraft carrier strike groups in the East and South China Seas, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported.
The United States released a photo on Sunday showing one of its guided missile destroyers overshadowing Chinese aircraft carrier strike groups, a move experts believe was designed to send a clear message to Beijing.
“In the photo, Commander Briggs looks very relaxed with his feet up watching the Liaoning ship a few thousand meters away, while his deputy is also sitting next to him, showing that they are taking their PLA counterparts lightly.” , said Lu Li-shih, a former instructor at the Taiwan Naval Academy in Kaohsiung.
“This staged photograph is definitely a‘ cognitive war ’to show that the US does not view the PLA as an immediate threat,” Lu added.
The photo indicated that the U.S. warship maintained a “very safe distance” while overshadowing Chinese strike groups, said Zhou Chenming, a researcher in the Yuan Wang think tank, a military science and technology institute based in Beijing.
“Both sides understand that there is a big gap between the American and Chinese aircraft carrier strike groups,” Zhou said.
Another expert from a Canadian-based Kanwa Defense Review said the photo was a “notice to the PLA” that the United States was thoroughly informed about the Liaoning strike group, the South China Morning Post was quoted as saying. .
Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke Saturday with Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana, reaffirming his shared commitment to the U.S.-Philippines alliance amid tensions with China.
Secretaries Austin and Lorenzana discussed the situation in the South China Sea and the recent overcrowding of Chinese maritime militia ships at Whitsun Reef.
“Secretary Austin reiterated the United States’ commitment to maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific, rooted in international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Secretary proposed several measures to deepen defense cooperation between the United States and the Philippines, including raising awareness of the situation on threats to the South China Sea, “a Pentagon statement said.
The Philippines has threatened to oust a Chinese diplomatic spokesman in Manila in the latest turn in a row that is intensifying with Beijing over the territory in the South China Sea.
The Asia-Pacific region presents several territorial disputes in the seas of southern China and East China involving Brunei, China, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. Beijing claims most of the region. (ANI)