SCMP: US Navy’s Hong Kong port calls likely to be scuppered as ties with China’s military continue to deteriorate
Thu December, 2020, Age: 2 months
No American warships visited Hong Kong in 2020, a situation that is likely to continue after the Covid-19 pandemic ends and relations deteriorate further. A Beijing-based military source said the People’s Liberation Army had not been happy about the US Navy visiting in recent years and claimed the American forces had used port calls as an excuse to stay behind in the area to conduct freedom of navigation operations and monitor the PLA’s exercises. “It’s one of the things that caused the failure of the scheduled Military Maritime Consultative Agreement due to the big divergence between the two militaries,” the source, who requested anonymity, said.