As China escalates their rhetoric, the US Navy is sending the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson into the South China Sea.
While Beijing had warned the US not to make any moves that challenge China in the area, that warning is not being heeded by the world’s most powerful military force.
The South China Sea has become increasingly contested, with China building artificial islands – and then stocking those islands with military equipment.
In a sign of Beijing’s increasing aggressiveness, China’s Foreign Ministry said “China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and their adjacent waters.”
China has stepped up their own activity in the area. In addition to the illegal island construction, China has sent large fleets close to Taiwan, and seems keen to escalate feuds with Japan over disputed islands.
China ignores international law
For all of China’s pro-globalist talk lately, they regularly ignore any international laws or treaties they dislike.
An international court at The Hague condemned China’s actions in the South China Sea, a ruling China blew off by saying it was “null and void,” and they didn’t “recognize” the ruling.
China is also said to be developing advanced ballistic missiles, designed to cripple American aircraft carriers. This suggests China is preparing for a potential conflict in the area, and will only increase tensions going forward.
With the Trump Administration planning a large military buildup, it will be interesting to see how much of that increased military power is directed towards the South China Sea.
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