Neither the U.S. nor China would like to engage in all-out battle when it comes to the South China Sea. However, both of its military forces are ready to fight. And should forces clash, one report reveals that China can possibly face defeat from the U.S.
Today, China has been hard at work laying their claim on several disputed territories along the South China Sea. Recent satellite photos revealed that the country is busily constructing hangars on some of the disputed islands. More importantly, these facilities are big enough to house a sizeable number of fighter jets, reconnaissance planes and other aircraft from the People’s Liberation Army (Navy).
Aside from this, China has been conducting its own combat air patrol in the area, while the U.S. Pacific Fleet continues to conduct its own routine patrol in the international waters of the South China Sea.
In the midst of these developments, a recent research published by think tank RAND Corporation reveals that in certain war conditions, the U.S. can prevail against China should conflict ensue. Particularly, the research maintains that in the case of a “long, severe war,” the U.S. would have a much needed advantage internationally, economically and politically.
This is because in this kind of war scenario, China would suffer greater damage compared to the U.S. And because most of the Western Pacific would become a war zone, China’s trade would suffer as it declines.
Moreover, China is expected to suffer with loss of seaborne energy supplies due to war damage. At the same time, experts are saying that Japan’s own military activity in the area can be a big help to the U.S. as it puts influence on military operations in the region.
Recently, U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift had visited the PLA’s North Sea Fleet in Qingdao. During a meeting, he stressed on the need for China to exercise greater transparency. Coincidentally, China has recently launched a high-resolution satellite that would help the country monitor developments in the South China Sea 24/7.