The U.S. Navy has shown its commitment to challenging China's claims to large portions of the resource-rich South China Sea, amid growing regional tensions.
Japan's deputy defense minister further irked China on Monday when he called on Tokyo and Washington to jointly "protect Taiwan as a democratic country."
President Donald Trump said he was against the use of electromagnetic systems to launch aircraft off American warships.
"The Americans are our friends…. They can help us to deter any threat," said Lieutenant General Rolando Bautista of the Philippine army.
China is now working on carrier-based drones and AI to allow synchronized operations between UAVs and military aircraft.
The carrier is a potent symbol of the ambition of China's modernized military.
China is holding drills bigger and more frequent than before at a time when it's making it clear that it will take Taiwan back by force if necessary.
"These are very visible symbols of power and power projection."
China is growing its naval power as tensions rise over North Korea and the South China Sea.
Trump's pledge comes amid mounting evidence that potential enemies have built new anti-ship weapons able to destroy the expensive fleet of carriers.
Two aircraft carriers will be in Mediterranean as Washington seeks to balance Russia's military activities and accelerate its fight against ISIS.
A new Chinese missile designed to destroy an aircraft carrier from 900 miles away may demand a change in U.S. military strategy.
The incident, although unusual, was characterized by the Pentagon as "safe."