For China, the South China Sea war has gone far enough. After sending a group of its premier entertainers out to rally its troops in the area, the country decided to bring out its big guns. Vessels including two destroyers are now said to be making its way to the South China Sea. Moreover, another destroyer is set to join the group soon.
Tensions are now at an all-time high along the South China Sea and its disputed territories.
Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, China’s envoy in the U.K. had published an article in The Times urging both U.S. and the U.K. to “stop meddling in the South China Sea.” Moreover, he also says the increased military presence of both countries in the region along with “accusation they throw at China” will “only encourage certain countries in the region to behave even more recklessly, increasing the tension.”
On Thursday, the South China Morning Post reported that China is now looking to ensure that its troops are combat ready by deploying its naval group consisting of two destroyers, two frigates and a supply ship to a military drill in the South China Sea where another destroyer will also be taking part. According to state-run media, the said drill will take place not just in the South China Sea, but in the east Indian Ocean and the west Pacific as well. It remains to be seen how the U.S. and its allies in the area will react to China’s latest move.
Recently, the U.S. has decided to increase its military presence in the Philippines in response to Chinese aggression in Scarborough Shoal where it was found that China had already built an island on top of the disputed territory. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter had even made his way to the Philippines to further show China its strong alliance with the said country. And perhaps in response, China had decided to keep U.S. aircraft carrier John C. Tennis from docking in its port in Hong Kong just last week.
Days later, it became clear that China isn’t willing to surrender its stake in its territorial disputes with the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam. News spread that the country had sent out a entertainment troop to rally its people, including Song Zuyin. Songs performed included one entitled “Ode to South Sea Defenders” while there was also a performance delivered aptly entitled “The People’s Navy Advances.”