THINGS ARE GETTING SERIOUS IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA
The protagonists in this global drama? China and the United States (a.k.a. two nations bankrolled by China).
The fight is about currency (China wants its currency, the yuan, admitted to the global reserve basket). However the proximate cause of the looming conflict is becoming less important by the day.
Where do things stand? China is reportedly preparing to enforce a no-fly zone over its territorial claims in the South China Sea, the latest escalation between the two superpowers.
If America defies the Chinese no-fly zone, well … you can predict what will happen next.
Things could get ugly … fast. In fact, a prominent Chinese nationalist publication predicted war was “inevitable” if America continued to oppose Chinese claims.
“If the United States’ bottom line is that China has to halt its activities, then a US-China war is inevitable in the South China Sea,” the paper stated.
China is also beefing up its military in anticipation of a conflict with the American Navy, according to The Wall Street Journal, although that should come as no surprise.
“China is building a modern and regionally powerful Navy with a modest but growing capability for conducting operations beyond China’s near-seas region,” a 2014 Congressional Research Service report (.pdf here) concluded.
What sort of build-up are we talking about?
“China’s naval modernization effort encompasses a broad array of weapon acquisition programs, including anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBMs), anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs), submarines, surface ships, aircraft, and supporting C4ISR (command and control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) systems,” the report stated. “China’s naval modernization effort also includes reforms and improvements in maintenance and logistics, naval doctrine, personnel quality, education and training, and exercises.”
The purpose of all this?
Among other reasons, “asserting or defending China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.”
Translation? China is ready to rumble.
China is also ready to play the blame game, citing America’s interventionist bent as the reason for the contentiousness.
“A certain country has increased the frequency of its close-in surveillance of China and that has caused a problem,” Chinese colonel Yang Yujun said this week, according to CNN. “Some people have been intentionally and repeatedly hyping this topic. Their purpose is to smear the Chinese military and dramatize regional tensions. And I’m not ruling it out that this is being done to find an excuse for certain country to take actions in the future.”
Really? America would never do that! (Errr …)
America is rushing headlong into the War on Terror II and a new Cold War with Russia. Can our taxpayers really afford a three-front fight? Especially when none of the three fronts even remotely involving defending the homeland (a.k.a. “fighting for our freedom”)?
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