US troops will deploy more than 700 troops to the South China sea, as tensions rise in the region.
The US Navy’s Seventh Fleet will deploy additional ships, submarines and aircraft to the region after conducting exercises near the contested Spratly Islands and in the Paracels, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.
The Pentagon did not specify when the deployment would take place.
The deployment comes as Beijing and Washington face growing economic tensions, with US companies investing in South China.
US President Donald Trump has been increasingly critical of Beijing and its leader, Xi Jinping, for its actions in the South and East China seas.
China’s leaders have called for “all-out war” against the US in response to Trump’s criticism.
On Monday, the US Navy said it was sending two ships and three aircraft carriers to the area to reinforce US forces in the area.
Trump has also raised the possibility of military action against China, which has repeatedly claimed the Spratlys as its own.
The United States, which maintains a permanent presence in the Pacific, also has military exercises with its allies in the event of an emergency.
Trump’s decision to send more troops to defend US interests is the latest example of the Trump administration trying to assert its authority over the region, even as it faces criticism over its response to China’s actions.
China is one of the United States’ key strategic rivals.