|A Chinese observation ship shadowed the U.S. aircraft carrier John C. Stennis in the Western Pacific on Wednesday, the carrier's commander said, as it joined warships from Japan and India for drills close to waters Beijing considers its backyard.|
The Japanese government on Wednesday said a Chinese navy observation ship entered its territorial waters south of its southern Kyushu island. China said it was acting within the law and following the principle of freedom of navigation.
An E-2D Hawkeye plane approaches U.S. aircraft carrier John C. Stennis
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (left) and Philippine Secretary of National Defense Voltaire.