The deployment of the USS Carl Vinson’s carrier strike group to the area around North Korea raised serious concerns among nations in the region, notably China and Russia, that the United States is going to attack North Korea at some point in the near future.
Both Russia and China have reportedly responded by deploying recon ships into the area to keep an eye on the US warships, likely trying to keep track of what exactly the ships are up to and get early warnings if anything is about to happen.
It isn’t unusual for nations to track large foreign naval deployments near their waters, but the serious concern both Russia and China have expressed about a possible US attack makes the matter particularly important to them, and likely is also a message to the US that they are keeping an eye on this deployment.
The carrier strike group was deployed at roughly the same time the US began talking about “solving” North Korea unilaterally, and while the Pentagon maintains the deployment was totally unrelated, and that the Carl Vinson was just sent there on a whim, most believe it was a calculated decision.
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