U.S. Ronald Reagan carrier strike group operating in South China Sea

U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan leaves Victoria Harbour after its visit to Hong Kong

BEIJING (Reuters) - The U.S. Ronald Reagan carrier strike group is carrying out security operations in the South China Sea on Wednesday, the U.S. navy said.

"Our presence in the South China Sea demonstrates America's commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific," Capt. Fred Goldhammer, the commanding officer of USS Ronald Reagan, said in a statement.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Beijing newsroom; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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