Skip to comments.U.S. Sends Warships to South China Sea in an Apparent Attempt to Kick Off WW III
Posted on 10/12/2015 5:23:26 AM PDT by HomerBohn
As if poking the Russian bear wasnt enough, the Obama administration has now chosen to rile the Chinese dragon.
In a move meant to project U.S. military power to the Chinese government, American officials announced that U.S. Navy warships will sail directly through a Chinese claimed 12-nautical mile zone in the disputed region of the South China Sea.
The contested waters around the Spratly Islands, which China claims as its own sovereign territory, have been the cause of intense controversy. The U.S. has refused to recognize Chinas territorial claims and believes the disputed area resides in international waters.
Last month, at a joint press conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Obama said the two held a candid discussion about the disputed territory.
I conveyed to President Xi our significant concerns over land reclamation, construction and the militarization of disputed areas, which makes it harder for countries in the region to resolve disagreements peacefully, Obama said.
I indicated that the United States will continue to sail, fly and operate anywhere that international law allows, Obama added.
Islands in the South China Sea since ancient times are Chinas territory, Xi resolutely stated.
The rapid development and scale of the artificial islands created by China have raised alarm bells in numerous other states in the region, a number of which stake their own territorial claims in the area.
China is essentially fortifying its strength projection and defensive capabilities in an area that had been relatively inaccessible before now. The fact that a rising superpower is claiming ownership over an area of strategic importance adjacent to their own coast is relatively unsurprising.
According to a report in the New York Times:
So far the country has built port facilities, military buildings and an airstrip on the islands, and recent imagery shows evidence of two more airstrips under construction. The installations bolster Chinas foothold in the Spratly Islands, a disputed scattering of reefs and islands in the South China Sea more than 500 miles from the Chinese mainland.
The decision by the U.S., to revert to a projection of military strength in the region, reveals a complete diplomatic failure of the recent talks between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping over this issue during Xis recent visit to the White House.
Although the islands are too small to support large military units, they allow for the Chinese to project a sustained sea and air presence in the area.
The U.S. position is that the Chinese are behaving in a manner inconsistent with international law, according to Pacific Fleet Admiral Scott Swift.
Its my sense that some nations view freedom of the seas as up for grabs, as something that can be taken down and redefined by domestic law or by reinterpreting international law, Swift said, according to a report by Reuters.
Some nations continue to impose superfluous warnings and restrictions on freedom of the seas in their exclusive economic zones and claim territorial water rights that are inconsistent with (the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea). This trend is particularly egregious in contested waters.
Additionally, an anonymous defense source told Foreign Policy that the U.S. was determined to put on a show of military might.
Its not a question of if, but when, the official was quoted as saying.
According to the Guardian:
Many experts believe relations between Washington and Beijing have hit their lowest point in years, with tussles and friction over a growing list of issues including cyber espionage, currency manipulation, and human rights.
The U.S. would be severely mistaken if it believes the sending of a warship through what China perceives as sovereign territory will be perceived as anything other than offensive aggression by an imperialist power.
The U.S. is already engaged in proxy wars with Russia in Ukraine and Syria, which have the potential to devolve into an open conflict between the superpowers. Attempting to intimidate the Chinese in their own backyard seems like an extremely ill conceived move at this time.
American actions will inevitably only serve to bring the Russo-Sino strategic military alliance into closer consultation with one another in an attempt to stem U.S. global imperialism.
[It is] hard to see how this ends well, but the only other option for the US is to concede, which will materially damage US credibility in Asia, be viewed by[Chinese] policymakers as further evidence that the US is in terminal decline and be an additional impetus for Beijing to push harder against the US in Asia, China expert Bill Bishop wrote in his Sinocism newsletter on Friday.
While this may be extremely good news for defense contractors and weapons manufacturers, its extremely dangerous news for the rest of the world. One strategic miscalculation could result in events spiraling drastically out of control.
He is an incompetent traitorous dog whose main accomplishment has been running interference for the Muslims inside and outside of America.
We have to have freedom of navigation this is one thing I agree with.
Were he an American President, I’d give a resounding yes.
But he isn’t. And darker, much more sinister, and dangerous motives lie therein.
-—I conveyed to President Xi our significant concerns..., Obama said.-—
The only question is how long and how hard did Xi laugh?
The biggest question is what are our rules of engagement? It’s highly unlikely the CHICOMs are going do nothing.
The Spartly’s are claimed by Japan and China. This is in support of our only major ally in the region.
Honestly, I am not sure this is a bad idea. However, it can get ugly fast.
Our behavior in the Middle East is nothing short of moronic. The US created ISIS, claimed they could do nothing, and the Russians have smashed the threat in a few weeks. Israel and Saud are starting to align with Russia, and pressure is mounting on the Turks.
We have lost the Great Game.
I don’t think it will amount to much.
China holds the cards here and Obama isn’t going to get tough with them either.
Jon Huntsman Jr. was Obama’s Ambassador to China.
The former Utah governor spoke of the United States role in the territorial dispute in the South China Sea as that of an ‘adjudicator’ which I took to mean a mediator. No threatening or tough statement from Huntsman.
I heard him on John Batchelor’s radio show on Cumulus Radio which airs 9-12 pm Eastern time some weeks ago.
In the end we will see China make its moves and the US will probably do little or nothing.
Economics rule the world putting this country in bed with the Saudis and Gulf Arabs in Syria and there’s plenty of Chinese money circulating too.
I’m sorry but WW-III is already taking shape in the middle east.
This will have to be WW-IV.
Because theyre complicit, thats why. Is there any reason why big government Republicans should oppose this president, since he is advancing their agenda as well? Hence the willingness to not only gleefully hand him not only the power of the purse but also to unconstitutionally eviscerate the Treaty Clause.
Why in Gods name hasnt the Congress acted by doing everything possible to remove this psychopathic fool from the White Hut?
Definitely the second front of WWIII.
What the hell are you smokin', Jay?
Just look at the map you idiot!
These islands--in most cases just rocks poking out of the sea--are NOT adjacent to China.
They're adjacent to the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and perhaps Vietnam.
Decidedly NOT China.
BS, China knows damn well this area doesn't belong to them, historically and otherwise. Its a blatent land grab.
That said I pity any US military personnel who get sent into harms way by the cretin who commands them today.
Your second sentence makes perfect sense.
Note the left wing pro China tone of the article.
These islands are “adjacent”to China’s coast??
Actually, this move is the one intelligent thing he’s done. Problem is, does he have a plan if the Chinese decide to call him on it? Unfortunately his record says “no,” or at the most says there is a plan but he won’t employ it.
It will be very tempting for the Chinese to test him further... unless they are afraid Obama will call for a boycott of their dog food or something.
Obama has this one right. We don’t have many opportunities to tell him “good one!”
So, “good one” Obama!
Methinks you to be a leftist troll.
Oh, no. Yet another DU troll.
There’s nothing intelligent about this cretin and his band of political generals and admirals.
How many fronts do you want this nincompoop on?
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