“The message is, ‘we know what you are doing, your actions will have consequences and that we have the capacity and the will and we are here’.”
The Financial Times quoted a former Pentagon official as saying about the US operation in the South China Sea in March when they flew P-8A surveillance planes over the area.
"Any military in the world that uses its power to bully, intimidate and destabilize the economy of the world, is not in the United States' best interests, nor of our allies nor our friends. It is of US national interest to help solve this problem, to push back on aggressive Chinese efforts in the region."
US Republican Representative Mike Rogers told the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank.