Anyone who follows the AllenWestRepublic website or Facebook page knows that we pay a lot of attention to the events in the South China Sea. There is good reason for this. This has become the area where China will seek its dominance in the Far East. By unilaterally seizing disputed islands in this area, under a false flag, China signals its lack of respect for the nations in the area, and the United States. President Obama has failed to drive home to China how important this area is to our interests, as well as all our allies. Nothing good can come of this.
As Written By Simon Denyer at The Washington Post:
Storm clouds gather over South China Sea ahead of key U.N. ruling
BEIJING — Signs that China may be contemplating another bout of island-building in the South China Sea ahead of an important U.N. ruling on the issue have provoked the United States to step up its vigilance in the region in recent days.
Twice last week, and again Tuesday, the U.S. Pacific Command said it sent warplanes close to Scarborough Shoal, a triangular chain of coral reefs, sand and rocks close to the Philippines coast. In Beijing, the response was sharp.
The shoal is the latest point of friction among China, the United States and nations that ring the South China Sea over Beijing’s moves to build maritime outposts and other installations that could have a potential military use.
“Thunderclouds are gathering over the South China Sea, and China is the lightning rod,” said Carlyle Thayer, emeritus professor of politics at the University of New South Wales, in Australia.
China seized the Scarborough Shoal from the Philippines in 2012 and appears to be considering whether to build an artificial island there, experts say. It has already constructed or reclaimed seven islands in the nearby Spratly chain.
Work on the shoal would be another major step in China’s apparent drive to cement long-term control of the South China Sea and would significantly heighten regional tensions. It would also bring China’s military close to U.S. military bases in the Philippines.