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US Carrier Strike Group Begins Patrols in Highly Disputed South China Sea

The nuclear powered aircraft carrier with a fleet of warships, has started its “routine patrol” amid concerns the sea could become a flash point under Trump’s administration.

In a move that directly challenges Beijing, the U.S. Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 1, which includes the Nimitz-class nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, has started what the navy calls “routine operations” in the highly disputed South China Sea, together with a fleet of supporting warships.

Days prior to the deployment, China’s foreign ministry warned Washington against challenging Beijing’s sovereignty in the contested region despite reports that the U.S. Navy was preparing to sail more warships near China’s man-made islands.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and a fleet of supporting warships, has begun “routine operations”.

China claims most of the strategic waters, several contested shoals, islets and reefs in the area where $5 trillion worth of trade passes every year. The Philippines, Malasyia, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Brunei also have overlapping claims in the region.

China has been constructing 7 man-made islands in the highly disputed Spratly chain, with military-grade airstrips and anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems despite Chinese President Xi Jinping’s pledge two years ago that China will not “militarize” the artificial islands.

The USS Carl Vinson is no stranger to the region.

The USS Carl Vinson, its escorts and its 7,500 sailors will be stationed in the Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, the 7th Fleet’s area of operations. It will remain under the control of 3rd Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Nora Tyson. The aircraft carrier had been in South China Sea two years ago, for exercises with Malaysia’s navy and air force and has made 16 voyages to the region in its 35 years of US navy service.

During a recent trip to Japan, US Defense Secretary James Mattis said the Trump administration has no plans for any “dramatic military moves” in the Pacific theater. The statement seems to contradict comments by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who told senators that China should be prevented from reaching the disputed islands.

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Geng Shuang, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, said:

“We urge the US not to take any actions that challenge China’s sovereignty and security.”

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The interaction between China and the US over the South China Sea in recent days is hardly new. In fact, this tit-for-tat exchange has not softened since the start of 2017.

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‘Messengers of Sea God’ Fish Washed Ashore in Philippines, Sparks Fear of Earthquakes

The beaching of oarfish is believed to be an omen to an impending catastrophe.

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Three deep-sea dwelling fish, believed to ominously signal imminent catastrophes, have washed up on the coast of Philippines' southern island, Mindanao, stirring up fears that an earthquake may occur soon.

The oarfish were found dead on the northern shores of Mindanao since February 8. The first one was found dead in a coastal town in Agusan del Norte, a mere two days before a deadly magnitude 6.7 earthquake hit Surigao City. Meanwhile, another oarfish was seen dead in Carmen, also a town in Agusan del Norte. The latest sighting of the ominous fish occurred on Saturday afternoon in Barangay Gusa, Cagayan de Oro City. Locals say that the fish, which was about 15 meters long, was found alive but soon died.

When this huge Oarfish washed ashore in Mindanao, some people predicted an earthquake.

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Gas Cylinder Explosion in China Destroys Home and Sets Man on Fire

He walked out of the building covered in flames.

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A gas cylinder exploded at a residential home in a small town near Yulin City in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in south China. The explosion damaged the house, trapping two people inside. Fortunately, firefighters arrived on the scene, just in the nick of time.

The frightening explosion was caught on camera. In the video, the house owner, a man named Chen, can be seen while carrying a gas cylinder inside the house. A few minutes later, the house suddenly exploded, shattering the door and windows. Chen can then be seen running out of the building with his clothes in flames.

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Desperate Mom Forced to Kick Toddler to Save Her From Being Crushed by Elevator Doors

This mom’s quick reflexes saved the toddler’s life!

No parent would want to hurt their child. The very thought of causing pain on one's child would horrify devoted mothers and fathers. However, there are circumstances that may force parents to do something drastic to protect their kid. That's what happened to a desperate mom in Malaysia.

The Malaysian mom and her three-year-old daughter were recently at the Sunny Point Complex in Batu Uban, Malaysia. They had visited one of the tenants in an apartment there. Naturally, they didn't know that the building they went to had certain quirks.

Where it happened: Sunny Point Complex.

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