China’s bid in the South China Sea remains unfazed even with opposition from superpowers like the United States. As Beijing tries to claim the dispute in the region, a powerful alliance with Russia is proving to be a strategic move which, could mean trouble for the United States. Will China succeed in thwarting off intervention from the United States?
China Using Russia’s Cold War To Attack US
China needs a good strategy against a powerful opponent like the United States and the country may just found its answer through Russia. China is supposedly using Russia’s tactis during the Cold War in an effort to boost its advantage in the South China Sea region.
“If that all sounds familiar, it’s because China is currently attempting to do something very similar with its military modernization program. It appears to be creating a bastion for its growing fleet of SSBNs by building artificial islands, developing advanced sea mines, deploying underwater sensors, and investing heavily in improved ASW capabilities,” claimed National Interest’s analysis.
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“It’s also developing a variety of long range anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBMs) and ASCMs to threaten US forces in the Pacific and limit US access to its littoral region,” it added.
While the technologies have changed, the concept stays the same. Some aspects of the execution may need to be modified but military hardware and assets still remain critical in deciding who could win a modern-day conflict.
Vietnam and China Promise To Keep Things Stable
Despite the alarming turn of events, China and Vietnam recently reaffirmed their commitment in keeping the South China Sea region stable. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc visited Chinese officials on Monday despite the tensions in the South China Sea issue. As with the visit, officials from both countries promised to “manage maritime differences” and “maintain peace and stability,” despite the tensions. The United States, on the other hand, expressed that it is not threatened by the Chinese-Russian wargames.
“The only thing we are mindful of is that the exercise should be in accordance with international law, not raising tensions,” VOA quoted State Department spokesman John Kirby.