Beijing’s Latest BOLD Move

China has made another bold move in the ongoing South China Sea disputes. In its latest move, China has stationed more fighter jets onto their man made islands. These islands have, in reality, become military bases from which China, if so moved, can control all of the South China Sea. It is reported that an estimated $5 trillion in cargo, gas, and oil pass through this set of sea lanes each year. If unchecked, China will control world trade. Despite denials and rationals from Peking, this is a real threat to peace and commerce in the Eastern Pacific.

A Chinese Su-27 Flanker fighter makes a fly by while the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Peter Pace,  visits with members of the Chinese Air Force at Anshan Airfield, China Mar. 24, 2007. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen (released)
Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. D. Myles Cullen

 

 

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