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US carrier in South China Sea tries to prove a point

Commander of the Carl Vinson Strike Group says the ship's presence is a way to reassure allies

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Rear Admiral John Fuller is in command. The ship's voyage comes just a month after the Pentagon's national defence strategy labelled China a "strategic competitor" that bullies its neighbours.

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WITH a deafening roar the fighter jets catapulted off the US aircraft carrier and soared above the disputed South China Sea, as its admiral vowed that the mighty ship's presence was proof America still had regional clout.

"US presence matters," Rear Admiral John Fuller told

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