China has positioned surface-to-air missiles and other missiles that are seen to be carrying nuclear tips, on a disputed island in the South China Sea, and it has also built extensive radar installations in the same disputed islands.
This is what U.S. officials evidenced as the most aggressive military steps so far taken by Beijing, in their overheated standoff with Washington, involving disputed islands, spheres of influence, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Philippines, & the United States, Nuclear missiles, radar installations, air carrier groups, warplanes, naval destroyers, submarines, underwater resources, armed conflict, the threat of war, and increasingly frequent public warnings over the airwaves or in diplomatic missives…
The placement and the critical timing of the missile and radar deployment carried notable significance, coming as U.S. President Barack Obama met in California this past Tuesday with leaders of Southeast Asian nations also involved and embroiled in these vast territorial disputes with China.
China’s acting as a bully on the back of it’s collapsing economy is nothing new. Countries frequently try to externalize their problems. Yet the deployment of surface-to-air weapons and assorted missiles that were detected on Woody Island, part of the Paracel Islands chain, just east of Vietnam, one of the nations represented at the summit in California — is a huge Security threat for the stability of the whole region.
In addition to this provocation, fresh satellite imagery suggests that China has been building radar facilities on some of the artificial islands it has built on top of disputed atolls in the same disputed area of the South China Sea, in a move that would vastly improve its military power in the region. This amounts to having a fixed air carrier group as they have also been building airfields and other military installations right there on these disputed islands. This is what the CSIS of Washington the U.S.-based think tank, said this past Tuesday.
The report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the radar, the airfields, and the other military and missile installations in the Spratly Islands, comes only days after the U.S. and Taiwanese officials said that Beijing has placed surface-to-air missiles on the Paracel islands chain, north of the Spratly islands. The Chinese missile deployment and the possibility that some of these missiles are nuclear tipped, has prompted the most severe comments from Washington that China appears to be militarizing a region already racked by territorial tensions, and she is bringing the world to the brink of War.
The report also coincided with the start of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s three day visit to the United States, where he is expected to discuss the South China Sea disputes, and the North Korea nuclear program, as the main issues.
Today Vietnam claims Woody Island, but China has not only been occupying it illegally, but it has also been working hard on it through extensive land reclamation activity to enlarge the island, as well as other islands nearby, and this is the final step in arming the territory and thus willingly setting off a chain of events that cannot be contained, nor that can end well…
China’s undermining the Peace and Stability of the region and by extension, of the whole world, as evidenced by their Devil-may-care attitude about the International condemnation of their unlawful actions.
Setting the whole region in a war footing is not a minor thing because many wars have been started from a whole lot less provocation.
At the heart of the U.S.-China tussle over the constant militarization of the South China Sea is a long-running strategic contest that both sides have helped escalate for the better part of the past decade.
The accusations that flew after U.S. and Taiwanese officials said Beijing had placed surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island were familiar ones. Washington warned that China is militarizing the region, while Beijing said it’s simply maintaining its defense within sovereign territory.
“China has been deploying national-defense facilities on the Xisha Islands for decades,” said Hong Lei, a foreign ministry spokesman, Thursday at a news briefing, using the Chinese name for the Paracel island chain. “It is nothing new.”
But that is clearly not true.
Washington-based CSIS said China’s new radar installations in the Spratlys “could significantly change the operational landscape in the South China Sea.”
Coupled with the new belligerence of North Korea, China’s client state operating with Chinese nuclear weapons and missile technology — ought to give us pause and cause us to rethink all of our relationship with China today before it is too late.
History has taught us that even if two nations are great trading partners – this never stopped them from going to war against each other. And as war comes nearer let’s remember that in both First and Second World War France and Germany were each other’s best trading partners…
Seem to recall that this trading partnership didn’t stop them from killing each other. If anything it intensified the conflict…
So as China flexes it’s nuclear muscle today — let’s remember History for the ones who forget it are bound to repeat it.
China is breaking the balance of power in the World.
And that is a Game Changer that Washington cannot accept.
China must be contained.
Dr Pano Churchill
As we’ve said many times before here, and in the Churchill Society Think Tank meetings — http://www.churchillsociety.net — we are facing an existential threat from China, because she is an ideological enemy of our Open Society and because today China also has the best nuclear arsenal amongst our enemies the world over.
Now we all agree, at least at the Churchill Society and other high level Think Tanks, that China must be contained.
China must be contained before she becomes belligerent.
And because this latest phase in the standoff has brewed since the early years of the Obama administration — we are reaching the end of our time for friendly banter and stronger medicine is required.
It is a bitter pill to swallow when Washington’s push to shore up the Stability and Security in the Asia Pacific collides with the nuclear stance by Beijing to assert its territorial and global interests — but we’ve been there before…
And as I recall we came out alright by asserting our backbone and standing up to the Bullies.
Time for some more of the same…
Let’s stand up to the bully and let’s get China to walk away from it’s aggression.
Let’s teach them to turn their missiles into plowshares.
Let’s Act now because Peace stands on the balance.