This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge.
The superpower clash between China and the U.S. continued on Friday as a U.S. Navy ship sailed near the Chinese-controlled Paracel Islands in the heavily disrupted South China Sea, only to get a stern rebuke (and what some would call, an appropriate response) from Beijing.
The USS John S. McCain, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, entered the waters near Paracel islands Friday without China’s permission on a “freedom of navigation operation,” the first known operation in the heavily disputed area under the new Biden administration.
Shortly after, CGTN reported that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) “expelled” the destroyer after it “trespassed” into China’s territorial waters. Tian Junli, a spokesperson for the PLA Southern Theater Command, said the move “seriously infringed China’s sovereignty and security.” He said PLA troops in the region are on “high alert at all times to protect the peace and stability of the region.”
The heavily disputed waterway is one of the flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, including a trade war, technology war, U.S. sanctions, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
U.S. sailings of warships near the militarized islands in the South China Sea have angered Beijing in the past.
The U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet said the destroyer USS John S. McCain “asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of the Paracel Islands, consistent with international law”.
Meanwhile, according to the latest naval deployment map from Stratfor, other US naval ships located just off China’s coast include the carrier CVN 71 Roosevelt, and the LHA 6 America large Amphibious group.
Last month, USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the South China Sea for what the Navy called routine freedom of navigation operation. There’s more here than meets the eye as a great power competition continues to brew between both countries.
Over the past year, the U.S. has increased aerial patrols, and U.S. Navy warship sails through the disrupted region and near and through the Taiwan Strait, an exercise aimed at angering Beijing. Such “close encounters” and US flyovers and sail throughs in the South China Sea and near Taiwan become more frequent during the tail-end of the Trump presidency.
As Al Jazeera notes, “Last year Chinese military jets made a record 380 incursions into Taiwan’s defense zone, with some analysts warning tensions between the two sides were at their highest since the mid-1990s.”
Earlier in the week Monday, two US reconnaissance planes flew near Taiwan’s airspace at a moment Taipei has begun to publicly acknowledge for the first time the presence of both American and Chinese PLA jets sometimes in the same aerial defense zones, which constitutes an alarming and highly dangerous situation.
The Harris Administration with Joe Biden is submitting to their masters.
Attributed to Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fengh —
“Of course, right now it is not the time to openly break up with them yet. Our reform and opening to the outside world still rely on their capital and technology, we still need America.”
The would literally make them dependents.
“Therefore, we must do everything we can to promote our relationship with America, learn from America in all aspects and use America as an example to reconstruct our country…”
If this is a financial territory of the US, why does it have it’s own warships.
Why is the CCP allowed to act so imperiously, over what amounts to a glorified labor colony.
This article is hyperbole. What we’re watching is gamesmanship. I’m no military strategist, and of course don’t have access to classified data, but I can confidently say there will be no hot war between the US and China. There may in the future some tense incidents on the high seas in those areas China claims, or a plane sh*t down, etc. But no one is going to start fielding armies in the territories each other control, or start b*mb*ing each other, or lob missiles at each other.
Rather, you may see China try to threaten and frighten Japan, or have NK cause problems for SK, or show their planes and subs close to the continental US. They may ask the UN to censure the US for something, get tough on trade agreements, and ramp up propaganda. Who cares. Of course we will get belligerent with our responses too. Then eventually it will all blow over until the next time.
All this can be said with confidence because we have politicians, billionaires, corporations, and others with connections who are beholden to China in a number of ways.
Joe Biden is NOT the legal President of the United States, and the entire federal government is invalid. All federal government officials and all federal law enforcement officers now have absolutely NO legal authority whatsoever. All federal laws, rules, and taxes are now NULL and VOID.
The entire fraudulent federal government and all federal government officials and all federal law enforcement officers should be treated by everyone as what they are: A HOSTILE FOREIGN CORPORATION. The entire fraudulent federal government and all federal government officials and all federal law enforcement officers have absolutely NO legal authority whatsoever and should be disobeyed everywhere. State national guard troops should be asking themselves why they are defending a hostile foreign corporation which is harming the People: Get back to your home States troops, because your People need you at home.
joey will be choking his vienna sausage in the white house bunker