China refuses to let US aircraft carrier to make Hong Kong port visit

April 30, 2016 7:20 AM

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China refuses to let US aircraft carrier to make Hong Kong port visit

The State Department said Friday China recently denied a request from a U.S. aircraft carrier for a port visit in Hong Kong, in an apparent sign of mounting tension in the disputed South China Sea.

Defense Chief Ash Carter and his Philippine counterpart visited the carrier, the USS John C. Stennis, in those waters two weeks ago. Experts told the South China Morning Post that move likely irked Beijing.

Also read: Philippines says it may not help U.S. on SCS patrols

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