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South China Sea

US to strengthen electronic-warfare abilities in South China Sea

Washington seeks power to disrupt Chinese communications in case of conflict

A crew member on the destroyer USS Ralph Johnson scans the horizon on July 14 near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- The U.S. military plans to deploy an electronic-warfare unit to the South China Sea, the latest move by the Trump administration to pressure China after calling Beijing's maritime claims there "completely unlawful."

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