South China Sea War Escalates As China Threatens To Hostage US Allies

South China Sea War Escalates As China Threatens To Hostage US Allies
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South China Sea continues to be a tense issue as the United States now decided to send ships and an aircraft carrier to the region in light of Beijing’s threat. According to an analyst, American counter-moves are necessary because China may soon hold Western allies hostage if it manages to control resources in the disputed region.


The US and China are at odds with each other since the latter was accused of militarizing the highly disputed area. China warned the US of interfering in the South China Sea dispute but the United States maintained its position to keep things at bay in the area. Over the course of the last few days, the US Navy already dispatched several ships and an aircraft carrier to the region. Furthermore, Washington Post reported that thousands of U.S. sailors were also deployed to in light of China’s threat.

Navy officials confirmed that the USS John C. Stennis arrived in the disputed region on Tuesday. The carrier also came with the cruiser USS Mobile Bay including the destroyers USS Stockdale and USS Chung-Hoon.

Whereas China previously said that there is no need for the United States to act as international judge or meddle with the issues in the region, former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said that there is need for the West to launch counter-moves.

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“For a lot of people, maybe who didn’t grow up in the Vietnam era, the South China Sea sounds like it’s a long way away.  Here’s a key fact: every barrel of oil that goes to Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan – key allies and trading partners of the United States – goes through the South China Sea,” Breitbart quoted Bolton in an interview.

“If the Chinese take what are now international waters, and make them into a Chinese lake, they’ve got their hands around the throats of those economies. They’ve got forward position among the nations of Southeast Asia, and they’re right on the edge of the Indian Ocean,” he added.

The official also concluded that there is a lot at stake at the moment. He also mentioned that the next president should be able to make the American people understand the “relationship between foreign policy and domestic policy.”

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  • Zephon

    Why would anyone quote John Bolton or an article from Brietbart… Bolton a neocon nutcase better known for the front man of Bush’s Iraq and Afghanistan wars from conservative American Enterprise Institute is a dis-harmonous warmonger that serves only the Military Industrial Complex. Don’t expect logic or ethical thinking from somebody like John Bolton…

    • Zephon

      If you want to quote an ambassador from America with knowledge on the South China Seas quote somebody that knows the area and has excellent knowledge of history there like Chas Freeman, who spoke/wrote the following:

      “In 1945, in accordance with the Cairo and Potsdam Declarations and with
      American help, the armed forces of the Republic of China government at
      Nanjing accepted the surrender of the Japanese garrisons in Taiwan,
      including the Paracel and Spratly Islands. Nanjing then declared both
      archipelagoes to be part of Guangdong Province. In 1946 it established
      garrisons on both Woody (now Yongxing / 永兴) Island in the Paracels and
      Taiping Island in the Spratlys. France protested. The French tried but
      failed to dislodge Chinese nationalist troops from Yongxing Island (the
      only habitable island in the Paracels), but were able to establish a
      small camp on Pattle (now Shanhu / 珊瑚) Island in the southwestern part
      of the archipelago.”

      • Zephon

        More from Ambassador Freeman: “In practice, as some in the region recall, long before the United States turned against them as part of its “pivot to Asia” in 2010,
        America had supported China’s claims in the Paracels and Spratlys. The U.S. Navy facilitated China’s replacement of Japan’s military presence in both island groups in 1945 because it considered that they were either part of Taiwan, as Japan had declared, or – in the words of the Cairo Declaration – among other “territories Japan [had] stolen from theChinese” to “be restored to the Republic of China.” From 1969 to 1971,the United States operated a radar station in the Spratlys at Taiping
        Island, under the flag of the Republic of China..

        Neither the Paracels nor the Spratlys ever mattered to the United States at all (except as hazards to navigation) until they became symbols of Washington’s determination to curtail the rise of China’s power along its periphery. No country with claims to the Spratlys interferes with shipping or peacetime naval transit in the South China Sea. Nor does any party in the region have an interest in threatening
        commerce transiting it. The South China Sea is every littoral nation’s jugular. China and the other countries on the South China Sea have a far greater stake in assuring freedom of navigation in and through it than the United States does.

        • Master of Unlocking

          Other Chinese people say that their claim to the South China Sea dates back to antiquity – Qing Dynasty or Ming Dynasty or further back even, hundreds of years at least – and this specious narrative of yours says that China’s claim actually dates back only to 1946? How inconsistent.

          • Zephon

            That is not what Ambassador Chas Freeman said. I will repeat a section of his words for you to help you understand “The U.S. Navy facilitated China’s replacement of Japan’s military presence in both island groups in 1945 because it considered that they were either part of Taiwan, as Japan had declared, or – in the words of the Cairo Declaration – among other “territories Japan [had] stolen from the Chinese” to “be restored to the Republic of China.”

          • Zhmz Shorthouse

            the Chas Freeman had just talked about a brief history from 1946 , if you asked him about the furthure out ,he might tell you more…however what he tell is truth…peonoys politician are trying to use the excuse regardless facts and history to play for their votes only.

  • Chessbuff

    Before anything else, like America taking the brunt of the problem, let those countries mentioned above plus the abysmally corrupt Philippines, do more in those waters to protect their respective economies and enforce their sovereignty.

    • argz

      The Philippines is arming itself. In spite of economic difficulties, the country bought 2 frigates from the US (at a very reasonable price), three ships from Australia (with two more given free as a bargain), a ship each from Japan and Korea, and brand new ships being built right now in Indonesia, 10 patrol vessels from Japan (to be paid as a loan) and two being built in Philippine shipyards. Air force and army assets have also been upgraded, with a buying spree of 12 F50 from Korea, combat helicopters, transport planes and planes capable of monitoring the West Philippine Sea, armored vehicles and land-based missiles.

      The Philippines has a longer coast line than that of the US, and in need of military assistance.

      We fought with the US in WWII, Korea and Vietnam, we believe America will be at our side in this conflict, which is not of our own making.

      • Chessbuff

        Maintaining a capable armed force is a nation’s basic responsibility. To play catch-up now is too late. The Philippines cannot build an armed force today, large and modern enough, to deter Chinese hegemony. The Chinese will be done with the Philippine armed forces in two days. There wasn’t even a diplomatic or military response to Chinese ships that ventured into Philippine territory this week. The Chinese ships left on their own volition. So, don’t pin any hopes with this build-up you are talking about. You are underestimating Chinese military might. The Philippines will once again hide behind America’s skirt. You love America when you need her, but beat your chests with nationalistic pride and anti-Americanism when there is no trouble. Think American military bases. What you need to consider seriously is the corruption of Philippine elected officials. All Filipino politicians can be bought. You know that. China can just fill their pockets with mullah, particularly those who are vocal against Chinese hegemony, and they would readily throw the country under the bus. And don’t talk like the Philippines fought alongside the U.S. during WW2, Korea, and Vietnam. Particularly the last two, your input was negligible. Solve your own problems. Stand on your own feet.

        • argz

          “The Philippines will once again hide behind America’s skirt.” Once again? America did free us from the Japanese, but it was America’s war as well as ours, actually, it was America’s war because we were still then an American possession. This will actually be the first time we will be needing America’s armed strength. As to our contribution in Korea and Vietnam, we did send our men, as much as a small country can muster. And our men died in Korea, there is a cemetery and a museum in that country for our men who died in that war alongside American troops.

  • Zhmz Shorthouse

    chinese fishmen call that body of water: ancestory sea. as we know most chinese practices ancestory worship wich is same as we worship God , we call him father….and they have books hand written past down from generations…and royal records, and maps…plenty of of them…with talking about recent events clashing with japan and french in the history up that body of water…so if someone dreams china would would back down… it is a joke…because