China is testing political powers across seas as it becomes aggressive over its territorial ambitions. According to the United States, Beijing is becoming the most aggressive nation in the region with many analysts cracking down on the country’s true agenda.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that Beijing’s initiatives in the South China Sea region render it the most belligerent nation in Asia as of the moment. China’s aggression has prompted interventions from other countries like the United States. Even Australia has started participating in military war games in the Philippines.
“By far and away over the past year China has been the most aggressive,” Sputnik quoted Carter when he spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
“We are reacting as part of the rebalance unilaterally,” added Carter.
According to the official, the United States have started beefing up its military presence in the region in line with President Barack Obama’s “rebalancing” strategy or otherwise known as “Pivot to Asia.”
“We are being asked to do so much more… I’ll be working with other countries that want to do more with the United States, and we are committed to that. We will do that,” said Carter.
According to CNBC, China is looking at transforming South China Sea. Initially, the region does not look like a geographical bottleneck but Beijing can create a strait effectively within the region thanks to its military assets. The future of Asia hangs in the balance as countries fight for territorial claims over South China Sea. The Philippines contended China’s moves, bringing the matter up to a tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.
“My speculation would be that China has basically calculated that it will take some near-term, rather assertive actions in the South China Sea, and pay short-term reputation costs in exchange for what it believes to be longer-term strategic gains,” said Mira Rapp-Hooper, a senior fellow in the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for New American Security.