Tensions in the South China Sea region are at an all time high but no one really has a full grasp of the situation. According to some analysts, it would be difficult to see if any of the nations are going to war while others are convinced that it has already started. What could this mean for the rest of the world?
US Might Go to War over South China Sea dispute
There are varying contentions as to whether the United States is really declaring war against China especially over its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea. Some say that the Obama administration wants to leave a more peaceful legacy than its predecessors although that is up for debate considering the actions of the United States in the South China Sea.
According to a piece from We Are Anonymous, the United States Navy has just been involved int the largest maritime “war game” exercise in history, in the South China Sea. Specifically, in the previous month, operations were conducted with 4,000 Philippine soldiers plus 8- from Australia. Additionally, the United States has deployed 5,000 of its troops as of June and it confirmed that it will be sending more. One official said previously that the South China Sea “has become a military contest between China and the U.S.”
According to the piece, the time may not be ripe yet for war but the world is coming closer to it. In fact, it added: “We might not be at war, but we are dangerously close to setting the stage for this to happen; not just in the South China Sea, but in Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Syria and the Baltic. I sincerely fear the outcomes if/when the United States gets a leader next year, who is not as conservative with our military as Obama has been.”
China Hopes for Peaceful Resolution In South China Sea
Nonetheless, there might be hope as a Chinese envoy just said that the only way to resolve the South China Sea dispute is through amicable consultations. Huang Huikang, China’s ambassador to Malaysia claimed that the issue over the South China Sea region has been hyped sensationally to the point that high-profile interference was already prompted, as reported by Xinhua There are also those powers that seek to manipulate the situation. Even if the tensions appear high as of the moment, China is sticking to a “Dual Track Approach” which would emphasize settling the dispute through negotiation and consultation. The approach should be in compliance to international laws and practices. Huang claimed that ASEAN nations like Brunei and Malaysia support the approach.