World War 3: US Sends Warships to South China Sea

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The contested waters around the Spratly Islands, which China boldly claims as its own sovereign territory, have been the cause of intense controversy. No nation recognizes China’s territorial claims. All important nations believe the disputed area resides in international waters.

Last month, at a joint press conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Obama said the two held a “candid discussion” about the disputed territory. Just get the Chinese angry enough and they will do something rash.

“I conveyed to President Xi our significant concerns over land reclamation, construction and the militarization of disputed areas, which makes it harder for countries in the region to resolve disagreements peacefully,” Obama said.

“I indicated that the United States will continue to sail, fly and operate anywhere that international law allows,” Obama added. “Islands in the South China Sea since ancient times are China’s territory,” Xi resolutely stated.

Source:The Free Thought Project

Are those the new man-made islands, Xi? How can they be ancient?
The rapid development and scale of the artificial islands created by China have raised alarm bells in numerous other states in the region, a number of which stake their own territorial claims in the area.

China is essentially fortifying its strength projection and defensive capabilities in an area that had been relatively inaccessible before now. The fact that a rising superpower is claiming ownership over an area of strategic importance adjacent to their own coast is relatively unsurprising.

So far the country has built port facilities, military buildings and an airstrip on the islands, and recent imagery shows evidence of two more airstrips under construction. The installations bolster China’s foothold in the Spratly Islands, a disputed scattering of reefs and islands in the South China Sea more than 500 miles from the Chinese mainland.

China brashly expands and boasts. Obama just milquetoasts.



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