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China Engaging US and World Financially and Militarily

Last month China fired a shot in the Currency Wars by devaluing the Yuan against the dollar.

For couple of years China has been creating artificial islands in South China Sea. That’s an area claimed by several foreign countries, and hundreds of miles from China. Now China is building military bases on these islands.

Recent satelite pictures show what appears to be an airstrip being built on one of the islands. This is the third runway on an artificially created island.  On another artificial island Chinese are clearly building facilities to handle large ships.

China has adopted a strategy from the founding days of the US. Occupy an area (the Oregon Territory)  and then claim it as your own. Great Britain and Russia were already in the area. Today, several countries already have long established presence in South China Sea. By building military bases and airstrips on islands they have created, the Chinese are saying to the rest of the world, “we are here and claim this, take it away if you dare.”

What is China’s Goal?

To establish military presence closer to Southeast Asia. Establishing themselves in South China Sea, far removed from China, enables them easy military access to Japan, Koreas, Phillipines, etc.

US is calling on China to stop it’s expansion in the area to allow time for diplomatic solution. Apparently America’s politicians and leaders can not be bothered with a study of US history.

Next it would be logical for China to solidify in the area with advanced air defenses.

What Is Importance of South China Sea?

Two fold,

-off-shore oil and gas exploration and

-military domination and threat to several US allies who have treaties that the US will militarily defend on their behalf.

China is challenging US with our Allies. Is US willing to go to war to support our allies and push China out? China is betting US will abandon our allies, forcing them to depend on China, thus establishing China’s domination of a huge area of the world.

American’s need to compare China’s action to China developing military bases in the Caribbean to threaten US and exert their dominance over Central and South America. (China has already invested hundreds of billions throughout Central and South America to further develop resources of those countries, while creating opportunity for improved standard of living for people in those countries. Meanwhile, what is US doing to improve our image and presence in Central and South America?

South China Sea-Why Should We Care Part 1

Currently China, Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia all have overlapping claims to the South China Sea

Why Should We Care?

South China Sea is believed to be rich in oil and natural gas reserves. Products all those countries, as well as the rest of the world, need. So why does this involve USA? We have lots of oil and natural gas reserves. USA also has military treaties with Philippines and Taiwan.  Those likely will involve US, it’s only a matter of time. But with different results than traditional conflicts have had. Results that can have direct impact on you and I.

China is trying to usurp claims by other countries by going into area, populating it and building military installations. They are even creating new islands , using sunken ships, reefs, and landfill. Then putting military bases on those islands.

They are taking a page out of America’s play book. Isn’t that how we moved west in early days of America?  Britain and Russia both had claims on the Oregon-Washington areas. Purpose of wagon trains was to establish population in area and establish our sovereignty there. Belief was Russia and Great Britain would not go to war with America over the area. Turned out to be true and area was eventually ceded to America.

All nations above have disputes over various island groups. Best known are the Spratly Islands. There is ongoing saber rattling among those nations. If it goes further the US will likely get drawn into area. US will have same problem as Russia and Great Britain did. We are long way from that part of world. China is right there. China is betting that the US won’t go to war over the area. What’s different? During expansion of America we dealt with Russia and Great Britain directly. South China Sea area is much more complex. We would have to deal through variety of countries.

Sounds like the Iran nuclear negotiations all over again…and we know how those are turning out, relative to enforcing nuclear inspections…and return of American prisoners held by Iran.

Tomorrow: Role new type of warfare will have on citizens.