Is The U.S. Up for a Naval War with China?: Is The U.S. Up for a Naval War with China?: Is the U.S., preoccupied with a pandemic and a depression that medical crisis created? Are they prepared for a collision with China over Beijing’s claims over the South China Sea?
For that is what Mike Pompeo appeared to threaten this week.
The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire he said.
America stands with our Southeast Asian allies and partners in protecting their sovereign rights to offshore resources. Pompeo continued.
We reject any push to impose ‘might makes right’ in the South China Sea.
That is how Pompeo sounded to the Chinese. He assured them that the US will not allow them to take the south China sea.
First of all other rival claims are from Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines.
Secondly to signal the seriousness of Pompeo’s stand, the U.S. sent the USS Ronald Reagan. Later they sent the USS Nimitz carrier battle groups through the South China Sea. And this week, the guided missile destroyer USS Ralph Johnson sailed close by the Spratly Islands.
But what do Mike Pompeo’s tough words truly mean?
Surprisingly, these actions seem to mean that the US will use its military might to confront China.
Questions we are asking our selves
But the US has a treaty with only Philippines among the countries claiming for ownership of the islands. Does that mean that they will come up to fight for them incase the Chinese navy invades?
Has Pompeo drawn a red line, which Beijing has been told not to cross?
If so, does any one in Washington think China is going to give up its claim because of this US intimidation?
Consider what happened to the people of Hong Kong when they thought they had the worlds democracies at their back
Demonstrations were going on, for almost a year asking for greater political freedom. But China wasn’t didn’t care.
Countries could not stop it, others are imposing sanctions on China, but who cares.
Why US should wake?
This is a wake up call to US, seeing Hong Kong being swallowed by China.
US is seeing what they call Human rights abuses to minority groups in China and are saying we cant keep quiet.
China is refusing its treatment of Uighurs, Kazakhs and of its handling of Hong Kong a human rights violation.
As for the South China Sea, China says the US is throwing its weight around in every sea.
These American warnings, and Beijings response, call to mind the darker days of the Cold War.
So, again, the question: Is America prepared for a naval clash in the South China Sea if Beijing continues to occupy.
Is the world prepared for a Cold War II — with China?
While China lacks the strategic arsenal the USSR had in the latter years of the Cold War. Economically, technologically and industrially, China is a far greater power than Soviet Russia ever was. And China’s population is four times as large.