The escalating tensions over claims to disputed waters in and around the disputed waters off the Chinese coast could be headed for deadly disaster.
While the U.S. has been intensifying its presence of warships in the South China Sea, China has been conducting an unprecedented number of drills, including some in concert with Russia.
Now, China is also conducting some brow-raising drills in the East China Sea, which bridges the gap between China and Japan.
More and more, it seems that the chances for a destructive war and failing diplomacy is very real – indeed, players as big as George Soros have suggested that WWIII is a distinct possibility that should not be dismissed.
According to the Japanese Times:
The Chinese Navy held live-fire drills in the East China Sea on Monday, the Defense Ministry said… [which] involved firing dozens of missiles and torpedoes and was aimed at bolstering “the assault intensity, precision, stability and speed of troops amid heavy electromagnetic influences,” an apparent reference to electronic warfare.
“An information technology-based war at sea is sudden, cruel and short, which requires fast transition to combat status, quick preparation and high assault efficiency,” the statement said.
In the South China Sea, where Beijing is embroiled in bitter disputes with some of its neighbors, China announced last week that it would hold joint naval drills with Russia in September.
The planned drills come at a time of heightened tensions in the waters after an international arbitration tribunal last month rejected Beijing’s historic claims to much of the South China Sea. China rejected the decision, blasting the proceedings as a “farce” and calling the ruling “waste paper.”
While all the major nations involved have claimed that their drills are routine and not a threat of war, in reality, military drills serve as a major act of saber rattling in order to demonstrate the strength of their military prowess and their readiness for war. It is the carrot and stick approach, and it could bring the U.S. and China into full-blown world war .
In a congressional hearing on Wednesday, former Director of National Intelligence and retired Navy admiral Dennis Blair told the panel that the United States should be prepared to use military force to oppose Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.
“I think we need to have some specific lines and then encourage China to compromise on some of its objectives,” Blair, who headed the U.S. Pacific Command while in the Navy, said at the hearing.
The U.S., citing the territorial dispute and security concerns raised by its allies in the region, have for months been sending warships into the South China Sea as a check against Chinese hostility.
Beijing, acutely aware of the military buildup off its coast, has publicly warned the U.S. it’s more than ready to defend against provocations. “China hopes disputes can be resolved by talks… but it must be prepared for any military confrontation.”
With economic warfare ongoing, the United States faces the potential death of the dollar as China seeks for global dominance through the yuan.
World order is being reshuffled, and we are watching in slow motion. What happens next? Whose move?