The South China Sea is a highly contested region; more superpowers are playing their hands in the dispute. Russia has joined China in a show of force while U.S. has allied with Japan to counter Beijing’s aggression with Taiwan by making its own moves. Will the South China Sea trigger another world war?
US to Protect Japan and Attack China?
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden recently met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in New York on Wednesday. The two officials agreed to step up cooperation efforts in the South China Sea to address issues.
“Vice President Joe Biden met today in New York with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and reaffirmed the unwavering strength of the US-Japan alliance,” Sputnik quoted a press release from the White House.
“Both leaders agreed to increase coordination on East China Sea and South China Sea issues.”
The release also talked about how Biden and Abe share similar views on the role sustaining an open, rules-based order in the Asian-Pacific region. Previously, Beijing warned Japan about its cooperation efforts with the U.S., although China has also been involved with its own war games with Russia.
Taiwan Ready for War?
To emphasize how tensions in the South China Sea have risen, Taiwan has been reportedly involved in its own military installations along the disputed region.
In fact, ABC reports that Taiwan’s defense ministry has asked Google to blur satellite photos revealing the latest installations in Itu Aba, a sole region that Taipei has been holding in the South China Sea.
According to experts, revelation about the new military-related construction may add to the tensions in the already heavily disputed waterway. China built airstrips on the region already with the United States giving out stern warnings.
“Under the pre-condition of protecting military secrets and security, we have requested Google blur images of important military facilities,” said Taiwan Defense Ministry spokesman Chen Chung-chi in a statement.