WWIII to Start in South China Sea

While the Media is focused on a bellicose reporter insulting the President for making the claim an invasion of South Americans was approaching the border, a bigger looming threat of world peace looms in the balance.  The threat is China and their attempt to rule the world by occupation as well as control the shipping lanes of the South China Sea.

China who has been notorious for their hacking of the American technology sector to the extent of inserting tiny microchips into the motherboards of computers it ships to the United States and even hacking private enterprise of Facebook has set their sites on the South China Sea.  Among the reefs they are building on includes a new one, the Bombay reef, reported by Reuters, “China has installed a new platform on a remote part of the Parcel Islands in the disputed South China Sea which could be used for military purposes, according to recent satellite images reviewed by a U.S. think tank.”

In addition to their building platforms on the Spratly Islands, which is eerily close to the Philippines, and the Scarborough Shoals, China has essentially taken over the South China Sea as their territory.  China has made claims that they are entitled to everything within their 9 dash line.  All the Oil and Natural Gas that are under the sea.  9-dash south China sea

 

With the Eastern edge of the Spratly Islands and the Scarborough Shoal so close to the Philippines, Red Hot Media is concerned they are positioning themselves for full control over the South China Sea.  The possibility of full control over the shipping lanes and possibly an invasion of the Philippines, and  South Vietnam is a possible outcome.  

Congressional Research Service reported, “China is now capable of controlling the South China Sea in all scenarios short of war with the United States.” Chinese control of the SCS—and, more generally, Chinese domination of China’s near-seas region, meaning the SCS, the East China Sea (ECS), and the Yellow Sea—could substantially affect U.S. strategic, political,and economic interests in the Indo-Pacific region and elsewhere. 

China claims that this is their territory, and that under international law, foreign militaries are not able to conduct intelligence-gathering activities, such as reconnaissance flights, in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ).  They will not tolerate any military vessels in the area, nor any military that can challenge their claim to sovereignty of the South China Sea.  However, International law has challenged Chinese claims, and under (UNCLOS) United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea, has found that nations should have freedom of navigation through the South china sea, and do not have to inform the claimant nation of china of their intentions to travel the area.  

China is prepared to use military force to defend its claim on the South China sea. This has been demonstrated in recent history when the Philippine government spotted a Chinese fishing vessel illegally fishing off their coast in the Scarborough Shoals.  The Philippine vessel attempted to detain the Chinese vessel for illegal fishing, but then two Chinese military vessels intervened, causing a stand-off between the two nations for a few days. 

The Philippines were granted temporary waiver from any further aggression with China due in part to China’s promise of helping the Philippines finance their infrastructure under the Philippine President Duarte.  In essence, China is paying the Philippines to drop the Hague Case, where the Philippines disputed Chinese 9 dash claim over the sea.  

These events lead Red Hot Media to believe that China will eventually claim the Philippines as a Chinese territory, President Duarte, “If you want just make us a province” quipped to a group of Chinese Philippine businessmen.  His comments drew anger from the government.  Some critics claiming that country is in danger of becoming a Chinese satellite state.  

As National Interest reported, “China, however, remains undaunted. As a prominent Chinese academic recently made clear, Beijing “has the right to build whatever it needs within its [claimed] territory,” in the South China Sea. And increasingly Beijing is using US countermeasures as pretext to further expand its growing military footprint in the area.”

China is rapidly expanding their interest in the South China sea through financial means and military might.  Their reckless disregard for International Law with respect to UNCLOS, and their expansionism of their military bases in the SCS;  thus making Communist China a global power.  Chinese aggressive posturing is reminiscent of that of WWII when Germany and Japan decided to expand their dominance.  However, in this case, it is a bit more clever as they are using not just military might but economic leverage.  

We should be asking congress, if their gross expansionism will eventually lead to them overthrowing governments in the Philippines, South Vietnam, Malaysia, and possibly Japan questioning their status as a sovereign nation.  What is the inevitable outcome?

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