By Wang Wenwen Source:Global Times Published: 2016-4-18 0:38:17
US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter landed aboard US aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis in the contested waters of the South China Sea on Friday, an apparent move to flex the country’s military muscles.
To reinforce Washington’s rebalance to Asia strategy, under the guise of maintaining the freedom of navigation, the US has constantly sent warships and bombers to the waters surrounding the islands claimed by China.
In a recent op-ed in the Financial Times, John McCain, a US senator and chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, urged Washington to consider fresh policy options such as enhancing military postures across the Asia-Pacific region.
In face of the ever upgrading of military provocation from the US, China should show its explicit stance. China can set a red line for the US and make clear to Washington that if it continues to infringe China’s core interests by challenging China’s territorial claims and not respecting its sovereign rights, it should be aware of a dangerous showdown with China.
In case of the US’ expanding patrols and surveillance, China can adopt more active measures to dispel them.
If the US acts on its will to actually go to war with China, the Chinese military will not hesitate to take countermeasures.
It is abnormal that the US military shows up in the waters so frequently. As an external power far distant from the South China Sea, it is behaving in a much more high-profile manner than the regional stakeholders.
It is also instigating regional countries and outside forces to raise tensions. Washington has become the decisive factor for the heightened tensions in the South China Sea.
China is exercising its sovereignty while the US is grappling for a sphere of influence in the region.
Even when there are sovereignty disputes over the islands, claimant countries do not wish to see the tensions intensify.
The US has strategic motives behind its provocative actions in the South China Sea.
To what extent the uncertainties in the South China Sea will evolve is determined by how high a wave the US will create.
Though China is reluctant to see it, a military clash could be dangerously triggered by accident given the Pentagon’s frequent and escalating military provocation. But it will not happen unless the US crosses the red line.
Good going USA managed to piss another country off! Must be USA daily bad habit
File photo: U.S. Launches FoNOPS in the South China Sea @images.realclear.com
Hotly Disputed Borders of the World @media-2.web.britannica.com
Hotly Disputed Borders of the World | Britannica.com
On the surface, the Senkaku (Chinese: Diaoyu) islands seem to offer very little to fight over beyond rocks and water. The dispute over these islands, controlled by Japan and claimed by China, intensified after oil and gas fields were found underneath. In 2012 the sale of one of the islands by a wealthy Japanese family to the Japanese government enraged the Chinese population and led to massive anti-Japanese riots. Considering the growing power and assertiveness of China in Asia, many experts warn that the tension over the Senkaku islands could develop into a more serious conflict. Source britannica.com
Map of disputed region @media.philstar.com Claims by nation @static3.businessinsider.com
Look at the above map carefully the country with the most claim is actually Taiwan! But it seemed to have slipped the western MSM like the Japanese Air Defense Identification Zones! Mind boggling how they can slip up
US: Yes, China, we did send a small armada to the South China Sea – businessinsider.com – Read full article : HERE
Air Defense Identification Zones of S.Korea, Japan and China@getcurrentfast.com
The South China Sea will be the battleground of the future – businessinsider.com
Eighty percent of Japanese and 39 percent of Chinese oil imports pass through the Indian Ocean en route from the Middle East. Chinese firms also have billions of dollars of investments in East Africa, concentrated primarily in the oil and gas, railways and roads, and other mining sectors.
Five different countries control some land features in the Spratly Islands, while just one state controls the Kuril Islands, Liancourt Rocks, Senkaku Islands, and Paracel Islands.
The South China Sea is the site of several ongoing ‘Exclusive Economic Zone’ disputes between neighbors.
Natural Resources in the South China Sea
The South China Sea contains significant proved and probable oil reserves, and countries in the region are eager to extract these. Particularly large quantities lie in the EEZs of Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The East China Sea is also home to a gas field, but the extent of its reserves are unknown. @csis.org
Asian Military Budgets
Asian militaries also vary significantly in terms of spending as a percentage of GDP. According to this metric, Russia and Myanmar are the biggest spenders in the region, spending between four and five percent of GDP on defense. China, Vietnam, and South Korea are next, spending between three and four percent. Japan, the Philippines, Australia and Malaysia spend just one to two percent of GDP on their militaries, while most of South East Asia spends less than one percent. @csis.org
Asian Military Personnel
The strength of the militaries of countries in maritime Asia varies significantly, as demonstrated by the significant disparities in their numbers of army, navy, and air force personnel. China, India, and North Korea each field over 1 million ground troops, and Russia has nearly that number on its Eastern Front alone. China also has the highest numbers of air force and navy personnel by far. Brunei, in contrast, boasts the lowest numbers of armed forces with fewer than 5,000 ground troops and approximately 1,000 navy and air force personnel. All figures current as of Summer 2014. @csis.org
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