2018-06-15 22:46:46 UTC
https://www.voanews.com/a/france-britain-ships-south-china-sea-china/4440197.htmlThis dispute is warming up.
The reality is that even after years of attempting to shift the balance of
power in the South China Sea all China has accomplished is in creating
flotillas of Chinese ships that can harass the fishermen of other countries
but in the broader sense it has failed to take control of the sea lanes.
The seizing, building, and militarizing of islands is nothing short of smoke
and mirrors. The build-up of weapon systems in these islands would be
militarily insignificant in a time of war. The true value of the
provocations now going on in the South China Sea is for domestic patriotic
consumption, like Putin's blustering and much-ballyhooed flybys of Western
Regarding these "islands", some of which are underwater at high tide, China
has brought in and deployed surface-to-air and anti-ship missiles, jet
fighters, bombers, transports, and patrol aircraft, leading some in the MSM
to believe that, short of war, China now controls the South China Sea.
But does it? These weapons systems could only be utilized in a war and if
war did break out these islands would be the first things to be turned into
ashtrays. They would have ZERO effect on U.S. naval power in the area since
their location is already known and they could be reduced to dust by land,
air, and sea-borne cruise missiles in short order and thus the military
potential of the islands is basically zilch...