PH, U.S. officials: Warship in South China Sea not meant to stir trouble


AC Nicholls


CNN Philippines


 April 12, 2019


Military officials from the Philippines and U.S. on Friday assured China it should not be worried by the sailing of a massive U.S. Navy warship in the disputed South China Sea. Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, Philippine exercise director for the Balikatan, said the presence of USS Wasp, an amphibious assault ship, in contested waters was purely for the joint military exercises.