US aircraft carrier denied entry to Hong Kong, American consulate official says


The aircraft carrier USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) plows through the calm Pacific waters off the coast of Southern California at 28 knots during Competitive Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) August 22, 1999.

Beijing denied a US aircraft carrier permission to make a port call in Hong Kong, a US consulate official says, a rejection that comes amid escalating tensions in the South China Sea.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry told the US on Thursday night the visit by the USS John C. Stennis would not be allowed, said the official, who requested anonymity.