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Navy advances into the maritime Area around Guam

Nervousness is rising in the Western Pacific: China’s navy recently crossed the Celebes Sea, which separates Indonesia and the Philippines. This marks the first time that the People’s Republic’s navy has entered the part of the Pacific that includes the strategically important US territory of Guam. The Pacific island is the Americans’ westernmost outpost in the Pacific, and the huge Andersen Air Force Base is located here. More than 6,100 US troops are stationed here. This has given the confrontation between the US and China in the South China Sea a new quality.

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