While most of the world is tuned in the recent development in the Syrian war that’s been dragging the past few years, an equally intense conflict is building up far away from the Syrian Desert.
In the South China Sea, tagged as one of the most vital maritime zones in the world today, both economically and politically, tension is heating up to the highest level the past months as two world giants—China and the United States—are both displaying its military might in the region.
According to a security think tank The Soufan Group, the tension in the region is so intense that it could change the economic and political landscape not only within the region, but even the whole world.
Why? It’s simple: China wants a total control of the region, where a large bulk of good transported to all parts of the world passes through this maritime zone. Now that the U.S has already intervened as it launched its so-called ‘freedom of navigation’ or ‘right of innocence passage’ campaign in the region, China wants to shoo away all non-parties to the issue, including the U.S.
While the Philippines has already brought the matter before the international tribunal, by lodging a territorial dispute case at the Permanent Court of Justice in The Hague, China has already said it has no plans of participating whatsoever in the same proceedings, regardless of the court’s decision. The court is likely to issue a decision in the coming weeks.
Recently, China, Japan, the United States, and even Australia have joined in in claiming what they called as an area that must not be under any country’s control, as reported by the Business Insider. Apart from these world super powers nations that have showed their individual stance on the region, alliances are slowing building up.
“A similar dynamic is taking place between the U.S. and its NATO allies and Russia, with several incidents of Russian jets toeing the line between bravado and dangerous. Long-accepted rules of engagement governing interaction between military forces exist for a reason; failure to abide by these rules can rapidly spiral out of control,” the report stated.
“As such, the tensions and trend lines in the South China Sea—an area of enormous economic and strategic value—are increasingly worrisome. With both China and the U.S. unlikely to change course, more close calls and increasing tensions are likely,” an excerpt of the report read.
As earlier reported by the Morning News USA, the Australia and Japan has sided with the Philippines and the U.S in its claim for ‘freedom of navigation’, while all Arab countries just recently backed China’s stance that other non-party countries should step away and stop meddling in the issue.