South China Sea WW3 Alert: China Retaliates Against US-South Korea As War Games Ensue
The United States and South Korea are getting cozy, and China does not like it. Tensions have risen once more after China called out the military drills between United States and South Korea, although it has also launched a set of military exercises of its own. Will the South China Sea be the start of a new world war?Advertisement
China Retaliates Against US-South Korea
A lot has been going on in the Asian region, but at the heart of the issue is China’s bid to claim South China Sea. Beijing and the United States have been exchanging accusations about militarizing the East Asia region, with the West teaming up with South Korea for a series of drills.
According to the United States, it is extending a helping hand to South Korea in an effort to deter North Korea, although China sees some of the U.S.’s efforts as connected to protecting interest and allies over the South China Sea dispute.
“Before, the region was in the process of economic integration, the building of multilateral institutions, and regional governance by consensus,” The Washington Post quoted Yanmei Xie, senior China analyst with the International Crisis Group (ICG) in Beijing.
According to the analyst, the relationship of China with its neighbors have deteriorated greatly for the past years as it has been locked in an arms race with other nations.
“But in recent years, that has all been unraveling. In its place you have an arms race and the building-up of deterrents and the fracturing of multilateral institutions. It’s not good,” she added.
North Korea Supports China’s Threats
According to Fox News, North Korea has joined the mix as it threatened to pull off a nuclear first-strike and turn Seoul and Washington, D.C., into “a heap of ashes.”
The threat is in support of China’s warning to the two nations that it will go into war if it needs to protect its territorial claims.