US Retaliates At China Escalation, Warns Sea "Sandcastles" May "Lead To Conflict"

Tyler Durden's picture

On Wednesday we showed what happens when US spy planes carrying CNN reporters get too close to China’s land reclamation project in the South China Sea. In short, the Chinese Navy not-so-politely advises them to “Go now!” 

China is working diligently to construct man-made islands atop reefs in the Spratly archipelago where Beijing shares disputed waters with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. For its part, Washington is none too pleased with the effort and in a fantastic example of ironic rhetoric and American hypocrisy, The White House is shouting about violations of territorial sovereignty and Chinese “bullying”.

The Pentagon meanwhile has said the US may consider confronting China in the region with surveillance aircraft (and CNN crews apparently) and war ships, a move China has gently advised against, telling Washington that it might be in everyone’s best interest if the US “refrains from risky and provocative actions," and now, China looks to have conducted a practice bombing raid on Wednesday. 

Via The South China Morning Post:

China's air force sent a group of strategic bombers through the Miyako Strait south of Okinawa in a long-range drill for the first time yesterday as part of military exercises in the western Pacific.

 

The manoeuvre came as US-based CNN reported that the Chinese navy repeatedly warned a US surveillance plane to leave airspace over artificial islands that Beijing is building in the disputed South China Sea.

 

CNN reported that on Wednesday a Chinese navy dispatcher demanded eight times that a US Air Force P8-A Poseidon surveillance aircraft leave the area as it flew over Fiery Cross Reef, where China has conducted extensive reclamation work. The exercise and the warnings underscore growing tensions between the armed forces of China and the United States, and China's neighbours.

 

PLA Air Force spokesman Colonel Shen Jinke said in a statement on The PLA Daily's website that the bombers flew over the strait in a routine drill that was part of a blue-water training exercise.

 

Shen said the drill was not aimed at any country, region or target, and similar exercises could be conducted in future.

Now that the Chinese Navy has explicitly told at least one US surveillance aircraft to “leave immediately” (and implicitly threatened to shoot it down, CNN camera crew and all), it’s the US’s turn to ratchet up the war rhetoric. This time it’s John Kerry’s deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s turn to denounce China’s series of sea sandcastles. Reuters has more:

China's land reclamation around reefs in the disputed South China Sea is undermining freedom and stability, and risks provoking tension that could even lead to conflict, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a conference in Jakarta.

 

China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas, its claims overlapping with those of Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan.

 

Recent satellite images suggest China has made rapid progress in filling in land in contested territory in the Spratly islands and in building an airstrip suitable for military use and that it may be planning another.

 

"As China seeks to make sovereign land out of sandcastles and redraw maritime boundaries, it is eroding regional trust and undermining investor confidence," Blinken said on Wednesday.

 

"Its behavior threatens to set a new precedent whereby larger countries are free to intimidate smaller ones, and that provokes tensions, instability and can even lead to conflict."

As for China … well, let’s just say that the resolve to implement territorial expansion via fake island construction is pretty strong:

China said its determination to protect its interests was "as hard as a rock".

 

Asked about Blinken's remarks, China's Foreign Ministry demanded on Thursday that the United States abide by the principle of not taking sides on the South China Sea, and said his comments damaged trust in the region.

 

"The U.S. assumptions are groundless," ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular briefing.

“Groundless” though these assumptions may be, one thing that is now certainly not “groundless” is Fiery Cross Reef.

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Satellite photography has identified three cement plants operating on the island.

 
 

China has already constructed in excess of 60 semi-permanent or permanent buildings.

 
 

At least 20 structures are visible on the southern side of the island (ZH: including a helipad).

 
 

China is building an airstrip on the island. The airstrip is likely large enough to land nearly any Chinese aircraft.

 
 

Images taken on April 11 show the runway more than one-third complete.

Full interactive report available here from the AMTI

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buzzsaw99's picture

...undermining investor confidence WTF!!!

seriously who gives a fuck about investor confidence?

ACP's picture

Why are the enviros not all over this? Commies just destroyed a reef.

cigarEngineer's picture

The good thing is that anything can be made into a reef; jut sink it in shallow water and things will grow around it. There is no doubt in my mind environmental whackos are paid by corporations to harrass and make legal challanges to their corporate rivals.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

So the pentagram thinks it can just fly over the islands without being harassed? That's hilarious...

Anyone trying that to a pentagram aircraft carrier (regardless of whether it was in international waters) would be shot down with little to no warning.

Paveway IV's picture

Wait... there were CNN reporters on board? 

I will NEVER forgive China for not blowing it out of the sky!

JamesBond's picture

One HARP induced Tsunami  is all it would take. 

Reefer bitchz

 

 

jb

Fish Gone Bad's picture

It would not even have to be HAARP.  Just create a massive underwater landslide with some standard munitions.

Alvin Fernald's picture

With a  Tsunami-bomb. But maybe that is why China is practicing fortifying the beach.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/newzeal...

SMG's picture

FACT: All this is a set up for WWIII in a few years.

FACT: The US has gotten rid of all their MIRV (multiple) warheads, while China/Russia have kept theirs.

FACT:  50% of th US missle subs must stay in port at any one time.  Also the vast majority of our nukes are in fixed silos whos locations are well known, where as Russia/China's are mobile (trucks, railcars, etc.)

FACT: The US missle defense systems are a complete failure.

FACT: The US contiinues to disarm under the START treaty, while Russia ignores it.

FACT:  The START treaty does not cover China.

FACT: The US is currently rennovating mutiple Cold War Bomb shelters, including Cheyene Mountain.

FACT:  The US is marching us into a hot war with Russia and China.  While keeping it's citizen's in the dark.

FACT:  If you have any doubt as to the US being controlled by Globalist Oligarchs, just look at the sucidal actions above.

The whole evil NWO Oligarch plan, if you're interested:

http://www.worldaffairsbrief.com/keytopics/threats.html

Winter is coming, you still have time to prepare, save yourself and those you love. Prepare!!!

 

 

Lore's picture

FACT:  If Joel Skousen says it's true, it must be so.

SMG's picture

Not necessarily, but he makes a pretty good fact based logical case for what is going on.

cocoablini's picture

The global financial system is melting down and there is too much debt overload. This this the time in history where you have to reset asset values down or destroy and currency and start a new game. Its called a pyramid scheme. The US benefited for decades by annihilating all the modern economies after the Depression- until our economy cratered. We tried to start a bunch of wars in Asia to no avail. Finally we defaulted in the 70s. Here we are again, with fiat trash currency and huge debt overload. Except this time we cannot make a damn thing and we are China's gadget slaves(is:Tim Cooks bioches)

Debt always has to get voided when the private financial system goes haywire as it did in the turn of the Century

cocoablini's picture

The global financial system is melting down and there is too much debt overload. This this the time in history where you have to reset asset values down or destroy and currency and start a new game. Its called a pyramid scheme. The US benefited for decades by annihilating all the modern economies after the Depression- until our economy cratered. We tried to start a bunch of wars in Asia to no avail. Finally we defaulted in the 70s. Here we are again, with fiat trash currency and huge debt overload. Except this time we cannot make a damn thing and we are China's gadget slaves(is:Tim Cooks bioches)

Debt always has to get voided when the private financial system goes haywire as it did in the turn of the Century

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

FACT: You're mixing 'Facts' with conjectures. 

random999's picture

Why would NWO want to surrender to russia/china where it has no serious control?

And why do you assume that US dont have enough nuclear warheads? Anyways its not the amount that matters but making sure that they successfully hit the right spots. Nevertheless in a nuclear war there are no winners only loosers, even if you manage to avoid being hit directly which will be hard due to all the submarines.

The best way to avoid a war is pledging to never ever help NWO making war to another country. At least not until the "enemy" has landed invasiontroops on your soil. To me, the chinese nor the russians are enemy. I have friends in both countries. If NWO thinks I will try kill them they are wrong. But like I said, if there is an mayor invasionforce landing on our soil I might reconsider.

TheGreatRecovery's picture

"Anything can be made into a reef". 

I disagree.  I think many corals take many years to grow, plus the water has to be just the right temperature and salinity, and it has to be clear. 

The reason tourism remains a big industry is that people NEED to be around beautiful nature.  Rich people don't build their castles next to mine tailings; they build their castles by the sea, or on a mountaintop, or overlooking a river.

What China is doing is very shortsighted and self-destructive.  But almost every other "civilized" (divorced from nature, in pursut of personal ego) country is just as shortsighted.

Lex_Luthor's picture

Hmmm, US used to nuke the whole tropical island archipelagos...

TheGreatRecovery's picture

The French, too, I think.  And probably the British also had some fun.

ThirteenthFloor's picture

ACP -> perhaps that was a sarcastic comment.

However if I was a fiscally successful country rich in gold, I would want to protect and keep the warmongering US thieving Nazis away too. You might call it "provide for common defense and common welfare" of its citizens. What a novel idea !

InvalidID's picture

 

 China is as broke or more than all the western countries. There are no clean shirts in this basket....

ThirteenthFloor's picture

Really ? China has 67 billion USD a month in imports to US and Canada...20k tons in gold reserves...and zero in external debt, all debt is internal. Oh yes how much US real estate do they own ?

Broke is the US, with an external debt close to 60k per person, twice that of lowly Greek people. Don't look to long, but Fort Knox is filled only with....nerve gas....

Tarshatha's picture

I would down vote you but sincerely believe that you have suffered some sort of brain damage.

Please post on romper room.

Zapporius's picture

Making craft beer demands attention.

dirtscratcher's picture

 

Making craft beer demands attention.---Zapporius

 

Finally, somebody talking sense.

dirtscratcher's picture

 

Making craft beer demands attention.---Zapporius

 

Finally, somebody talking sense.

Crash Overide's picture

"Why are the enviros not all over this? Commies just destroyed a reef."

 

Where is that fat guy with the greenpeace whale boat?

CHC's picture

My thoughts exactly!

asiafinancenews's picture

I think the meaning is that foreign investors in mainland manufacturing plants may not remain 'confident' if the U.S. and China start a shooting war. In such a scenario, asset expropriation risk would appear to be considerable.

suteibu's picture

Western oil exploration companies are simply waiting for the issue of sovereignty to be settled before committing resources to the area (including the Senkaku Islands).  China is staking its claim.  No doubt the US wants in on the deal through its surrogates in area.

silverer's picture

You're right.  Besides, it's not investing anymore anyway.  It's gambling.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

China to US: "Pound sand!"

Rakshas's picture

.......some people even take pounding sand to extremes.........

Hannibal Barca's picture

hahahahahahhahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa High level trolling.

A Lunatic's picture

If you're going to make sand castles you will make them out of FRN's........

JamesBond's picture

3D print a fake island.  Please.

Mini-Me's picture

Is there anything beyond the purview of the know-nothings in Washington?  Do they really need to ratchet up the tensions with a nuclear-armed country over a pile of sand in the ocean thousands of miles away?

angel_of_joy's picture

Where (or what) is the US "retaliation" ? Did I miss something ??

DeadFred's picture

Like that obnoxious Timmy Brandt in the third grade (oh, how I despised him!) they retaliated by calling names. It doesn't much look like a sandcastle but will it stand up to a Cat5 typhoon or a tsunami?

silverer's picture

The US is always being attacked and threatened by rogue nations and terrorists everywhere.  You should see the list!  Everyone is the enemy of the US.  And if they can't find anyone outside the borders, they just pick a class of people inside the borders to make an enemy.

max2205's picture

We can't even manage our southern boarder!

 

If CNN is on this you know the propaganda machine is humming away.

DeliciousSteak's picture

China is unfortunately ratcheting up tensions all on its own, leading to smaller countries asking for support from the US of A. Understandably US of A doesn't want to appear like a pussyboy and plays its role of global hegemon to the best of its ability. Yielding to the Chinaman is the same as surrendering Asia after all.

suteibu's picture

"surrendering Asia."

Are you under the mistaken assumption that Asia is America's to surrender...to Asians?  I would think that nearly half the world's population would challenge that belief. 

Bazza McKenzie's picture

There are Asian countries (most) which are no more keen to be dominated by China (of which there is a very long history) than South American countries are to be dominated by the US.

Zapporius's picture

Cmon all of that happened decades ago, it was only a matter of patience while building up, and keeping own population working and not rebelling. Unless you really mean to use them nukes, of course. Which won't be one-sided affair.

So might as well fold up now, and start building solar panels and show us the way out of this mess, if you wanna claim that you are exceptional in any way.

Joenobody12's picture

Hey old man. I have news for you. This is the 21st century, not the 1950s anymore. 

Yen Cross's picture

  Sea Sand Castles > lol, That's a good one.

 You go now, we building castles in the sand... You go find your own sand box to play in.

 

 

Monetas's picture
Monetas (not verified) Yen Cross May 21, 2015 9:51 PM

"My romance .... doesn't need a castle .... rising in Spain !"  (This is not a man crush .... I'm just feelin' good !)

chrsn's picture

Wow, that island outpost is badass

q99x2's picture

The college classrooms might be empty by next year. That's ok with me.

Monetas's picture
Monetas (not verified) May 21, 2015 9:43 PM

The Oil of Sandwich .... lives in a Sand Castle ! Who was that dufus troll .... who said .... "It's called the South China Sea !" .... name games are a specialty of leftist twerps .... the Indian Ocean doesn't belong to India ? WTF