Tensions in the South China Sea region have not eased up, as reports now suggest that the U.S. and China are about to head to a standoff that could mean the next World War. Likewise, the Philippines, another claimant to the disputed region, also sent a stark warning to Beijing to stay away from the territory if it wants to avoid a bloody confrontation. Will the world plunge into chaos?
US, China Prepare for War
China has made its sights clear on the South China Sea region. The area is known for its rich resources that have countries scrambling to take control. Along with China’s constant efforts in the South China Sea comes opposition from the United States. As the debate continues, analysts claim that the two sides seem willing to engage into war, specifically in electronic warfare.
China has been building arsenal over the disputed territory, with some of the facilities expected to be used for electronic warfare. Likewise, a report from Sputnik claims that while radar installations seemed less ominous compared to surface-to-air missile systems, they give China more competitive advantage when operating in the South China Sea.
“What this allows is a more sophisticated and reliable over-the-horizon targeting capability for China’s growing arsenal of anti-ship ballistic missiles, extending a more credible threat envelope of A2/AD (Anti-Access/Area Denial) coverage to moving targets—like aircraft carrier strike groups,” said an article from Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s blog website The Strategist. The United States, on other hand, is also catching up.
“The electronic spectrum, largely out of sight of the public eye, is becoming an area of a growing action/reaction dynamic between China and the United States in the South China Sea. This contest, if it grows and persists, will only add to the underlying tensions and risks of escalation in the South China Sea,” added the report.
Philippines Sends Grave Warning
Additionally, Forbes reported that the Philippines have sent out a warning saying that China should stay away from its territory or else things could turn bloody. Philippines’ President Rodrigo Dutertes sent out the message loud and clear.
The warning came only a few days before China will host the G20 Leaders’ Summit in the eastern city of Hangzhou on September 4 to 5. It came at a time when China drew a red line for Japan in the disputed region.