BEIJING — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves.___7th FLEET COMMANDER VISITS CREW OF VIRUS-STRICKEN CARRIER WHOSE CAPTAIN WAS FIREDThe commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet visited the leadership of the USS Theodore Roosevelt in Guam, where the aircraft carrier is being cleaned after an outbreak of COVID-19 among its crew.Vice Adm. Bill Merz arrived Sunday to meet with the crew of the Nimitz-class carrier and area leadership as part of efforts to provide support for work to make ship ready to return to service, the 7th Fleet said in a press statement.Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that about half the carrier’s nearly 5,000 sailors had been tested for the coronavirus so far. He said all of the 155 who are infected have mild or moderate symptoms and none was hospitalized.Sailors from the ship are being isolated at Guam hotels while the ship is cleaned.The ship’s commander, Capt. Brett Crozier, was fired for going outside of the chain


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