South China Seas: Does China Want A War?

  • At first they said their activities were exclusively peaceful, but now the Chinese are militarising "their" islands in the South China Seas? Do they want a war? Do they really think they can take on the Americans? Will Trump confront them?

  • The US will not accept China's militarisation of man-made islands in the South China Sea, Defence Secretary James Mattis has warned.


    It's hard to know whether The Donald is serious, but what do you think, will the Americans stand up to and potentially confront the Chinese over their "peaceful" island building aka militarising the South China Seas and threatening neighbours, or is this just posturing from Trump?

  • Last Sunday’s sinking of an Iranian oil tanker 290 km off the coast of Shanghai certainly looks like an environmental disaster. Depending on how many of the ship’s 1 million barrels of condensate were released into the ocean and not burned off, the accident could end up being one of the biggest oil spills in half a century. The irony? Even that wouldn’t represent the biggest disaster to befall the area.

    The fact is, thanks to massive overfishing in China’s territorial waters, there isn’t much marine life left to kill in the disaster zone. According to He Pemin of Shanghai Ocean University, those waters have been so denuded over the last three decades that fishermen “normally bypass the area and go further afield for a bigger catch.”

    China has accused the United States of sending a warship without permission into what it said was its territorial waters in the disputed South China Sea, adding that it would take “necessary measures” to “safeguard its sovereignty.”

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Saturday that the U.S. Navy’s USS Hopper guided-missile destroyer had sailed within 12 nautical miles (22 km) of what is known as Scarborough Shoal, a group of disputed islets that Beijing calls Huangyan Island, on Wednesday night.

    These two stories from Japan are totally separate but show an important linkage, I believe.

    China's quest to control the South China Seas shows no sign of stopping, but beyond military means, there maybe another reason why China has been doing all this artificial island building over the last few years in this area.

    The first article initially talks about a oil spill in the seas but goes on to talk about the widespread damage done to the sea through overfishing. It goes on to say that Chinese fishermen have to venture further out into the sea to find fish now and explains that China is facing an every greater challenge of feeding its massive population.

    The second article talks about an American warship patrolling in the seas and coming close to the Scarborough Shoal and China has warned the Americans not to go into this area again. Quite tightly the Americans have told the Chinese where to go as they are in international waters, not Chinese.

    What is interesting about that Shoal beyond the fact that China has claimed them as its territory, is that the area is rich in fish.

    If a war were to start in the South Chine Seas, could the actual reason be one of food, rather than just China's wish to dominate and intimidate its neighbours?

  • A British warship will sail from Australia through the disputed South China Sea next month to assert freedom of navigation rights, the UK’s defence secretary said on Tuesday in a move likely to irk Beijing.

    China claims nearly all of the resource-rich waterway and has been turning reefs and islets into islands and installing military facilities such as runways and equipment on them.

    Looks like we're getting involved in the South China Seas dispute.

    I think this is a good idea as it will show China they cannot do what they want.

    Do you think Britain should get involved, or stay out of it and leave it to others like the Americans?

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