Date
15 December 2018
The USS Ronald Reagan, along with three other US Navy vessels, docked in Hong Kong on Wednesday after a training exercise in the Philippine Sea. Photo: AFP
The USS Ronald Reagan, along with three other US Navy vessels, docked in Hong Kong on Wednesday after a training exercise in the Philippine Sea. Photo: AFP

US aircraft carrier, three other Navy vessels visit HK

USS Ronald Reagan, the aircraft carrier deployed by the United States in Asia, made a port call in Hong Kong on Wednesday, seen as a sign that Beijing is trying to ease tensions with the US ahead of an expected meeting between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires at the end of this month.

In September, China denied a request by an American war vessel, USS Wasp, for a port visit to Hong Kong amid a trade war between the two countries.

According to the Marine Department website, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), which is based in Kanagawa, Japan, docked at the port at 11:25 a.m.

Three other US Navy warships from the Reagan carrier strike group were also scheduled to moor in Hong Kong on the same day, namely guided-missile destroyers USS Benfold and USS Curtis Wilbur and guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

USS Ronald Reagan last visited Hong Kong in October last year.

Just last week, the carrier conducted a dual operation with the Stennis carrier’s strike group in the Philippine Sea.

Before its arrival in Hong Kong, the US military invited officers of the People’s Liberation Army’s Hong Kong Garrison to visit the vessel as a goodwill gesture, The Standard reported. They flew to the carrier on Tuesday.

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