* Rear Admiral Karl Thomas says a close call between warships of the two navies was a rare event
* Hong Kong port call by American aircraft carrier strike group a sign that Beijing wants to ease tensions before Xi-Trump meeting at G20, analysts say
The commander of a US Navy aircraft strike group said he was “not worried” about China’s naval build-up, despite an “aggressive” near miss between vessels from the two countries in the South China Sea two months ago.
Rear Admiral Karl Thomas made the comments aboard the USS Ronald Reagan after it sailed into Hong Kong at the head of a strike group on Wednesday, following training exercises in the contested waters.
“Certainly I’m aware that other nations are also building their navies,” he said. “The good thing is that navies are able to operate around one another, it doesn’t really matter what is going on around the world, so [I’m] not worried.
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