With US Warships En Route To Islands, China Asks: "What On Earth Makes Them Think We Will Tolerate This?"

Tyler Durden's picture

The US is in a tough spot militarily. 

In Syria, Russia and Iran have taken advantage of the fact that the plan hatched by the West and its regional allies to destabilize the Assad regime took far too long to develop. The idea was to foment discord and provide covert support for the various armed militias fighting to overthrow the government. But the effort is entering its fifth year and Assad is still there. Not only that, there have been a series of unintended (well, at least we hope they’re unintended) consequences. First, one of the rebel groups the West and its allies supported morphed into an insane band of white basketball shoe-wearing, black flag-waving, sword-wielding desert bandits. Second, the fighting created a horrific refugee crisis that now threatens to destabilize the whole of Europe. Sensing a historic geopolitical opportunity, Moscow and Tehran simply stepped in and outmaneuvered Washington. Now, the US basically has to decide whether it wants to go to war with Russia, because paradropping ammo into the middle of the desert isn’t going to be a viable strategy.

Meanwhile, the US faces another superpower confrontation in the South China Sea.

When Beijing began its land reclamation efforts in the Spratlys, we’re reasonably sure the Pentagon didn’t anticipate the extent to which the effort would quickly become a giant headache for Washington. 

As a reminder, it’s not so much the dredging that has Washington’s regional allies in the South Pacific upset. Island building has been done before in the area. Rather, it’s the scope of the project that has everyone unnerved as Beijing has so far constructed over 3,000 acres of new sovereign territory atop which China has built everything from cement factories, to greenhouses, to runways. 

Whether or not the US really cares about this is debatable although these shipping lanes are indeed critical for world trade. But with The Philippines and others crying foul, Washington is left with little choice but to put on a brave face lest the world should get the idea that China can just redraw maritime boundaries at will and establish a Sino-Monroe Doctrine in the process. 

So finally, the US decided that it would sail some warships by the islands just to see if it can do so without getting shot at. 

No, really. That’s the whole plan. “Let’s see how far we can push them.” 

This is of course orchestrated under the guise of a freedom of navigation operation which, in a way, makes little sense because China has never threatened global trade. Then again, it’s fairly obvious that Beijing has some military role for the new islands in mind. 

In any event, China hit back on Thursday, saying the PLA would “stand up and use force” if necessary should the US make a “mistake” with the whole warship plan.

So in short, Washington is now in a staring contest with both Moscow and Beijing and both Russia and China seem to have gotten the idea that the US has lost its resolve lately and will probably blink first in both standoffs. 

It’s with all of that in mind that we bring you the following rather amusing op-ed from Beijing out Saturday on Xinhua, presented below with no further comment:

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Via Xinhua

The United States' provocative attempts to infringe on China's South China Sea sovereignty are sabotaging regional peace and stability and militarizing the waters.


The U.S. Navy is reportedly preparing to conduct "freedom of navigation" operations, sending warships within 12 nautical miles of Chinese islands in the South China Sea. The U.S. operations may take place within days, according to reports.


Last month, in his response to China's claim of sovereignty over the South China Sea, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said the United States "will fly, sail and operate wherever the international law allows, as we do around the world."


White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said on Oct. 8 that U.S. warships patrolling close to artificial islands built by China in the South China Sea "should not provoke significant reaction from the Chinese."


Let us not forget that in October 1962, when the Soviet Union was building missile sites in Cuba -- not even on U.S. soil -- U.S. President Kennedy made it clear in a televised speech that the United States would not "tolerate the existence of the missile sites currently in place."


What on earth makes the United States think China should and will tolerate it when U.S. surface ships trespass on Chinese territory in the South China Sea?


China will never tolerate any military provocation or infringement on sovereignty from the United States or any other country, just as the United States refused to 53 years ago.


China's stand on the South China Sea disputes is firm and clear. China's sovereignty and claims of rights over Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters in the South China Sea have been formed over the long course of history and upheld by successive Chinese governments, and have adequate and solid historical and legal basis.


Just as Article 15 of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea stipulates, delimiting the territorial seas of China and other countries in the South China Sea shall be in accordance with China's "historic title" to the region.


China has always been, in a constructive and effective manner, a firm upholder of the freedom of navigation as well as peace and stability in the South China Sea. And China has vowed to continue to do so in the future.


China's construction of civilian and public facilities on the Nansha Islands and reefs, which fall within the scope of China's sovereignty, serves not only China but also coastal nations in the South China Sea.


For instance, two lighthouses recently built on reefs in the region have helped guide passing vessels from around the world and significantly improved navigation safety.


Contrary to U.S. claims, it will be the United States, as an outsider, that further provokes tensions in the South China Sea by sending soldiers and warships to Chinese territory in the name of "freedom of navigation."


This is not the first move by the United States to undermine the regional peace and stability that China has worked so hard for.


Over the past several years, the United States has held frequent large-scale drills with its allies in the South China Sea, flexing their military muscles.


According to the website of the U.S. Department of Defense, the country has deployed thousands of civilian and military officials, as well as a huge number of weapons, to the Pacific region.


To destabilize the region and contain China, the United States has deliberately involved non-party nations, such as Japan, in the South China Sea issue and stirred disputes between China and other parties, including the Philippines.


By no means will China let the provocateurs make waves in waters that should be characterized by peace, friendship and cooperation.


Last year, the bilateral trade volume between China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) exceeded 480 billion U.S. dollars.


Concerned nations have no alternative but to jointly deal with disputes in the South China Sea that pose a threat to the development and prosperity of parties in the region.


On Sept. 18, in response to remarks made by the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific on patrolling the South China Sea, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said China, like the United States, upholds freedom of navigation in the waters.


However, the spokesman stressed, China opposes any country's challenge, in the name of freedom of navigation, to China's sovereignty and security in the South China Sea.


During a visit to Europe in March 2014, Chinese president Xi Jinping stressed that his country will "never stir up any trouble, but will resolutely safeguard its legitimate rights" when it comes to sovereignty and territorial integrity.


Even though enhancing mutual trust and managing disputes through high-level visits and talks still remains the first option for China, the country will, without any doubt, adopt countermeasures against the United States if it doesn't stop military provocations that infringe upon China.


People with vision in Washington should and must see clearly China's determination in safeguarding national sovereignty and regional security.


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blabam's picture

They'll do nothing. Next. 

Money Counterfeiter's picture
Money Counterfeiter (not verified) blabam Oct 17, 2015 9:09 AM

The Harvard grad needs a diversion the last year of his presidency.  Seems the bull shit from the BLS isn’t cutting it anymore.


Affirmative action will work comrades even if we have to kill 100 million people to make it so.


Pathetic dumb assed 4th graders in charge of banking and government.  

remain calm's picture

Blah Blah Blah   Blah Blah Blah

Looney's picture

I hear that the largest Silverback Gorilla’s penis is 1-inch long.  ;-)


y3maxx's picture

...Amercan Vets declaring "No more War"....soon to be followed by current USSA Armed and Navy forces.

HenryHall's picture

> They'll do nothing. Next.


If I were in the position of the Chinese, I would deploy a fleet of fishing vessels - pair trawlers and purse seiners spread across the projected path.

Then we would find out whether or not the US wishes to run its warships over a bunch of trawl nets.

Oh what a tangle net we weave when first we practice to deceive. (apologies to Bill Shakesp)

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

As if the US is some moral authority on land rights... the nation that was founded on stolen land from natives.

Those with the power get the land, and the power projection of uncle satan and his pentagram is questionable at best.

Stuck on Zero's picture

You can bet that the U.S. is waiting to pre-position 5 or 6 nuclear subs in the area before running the fleet by the islands. 

Pinto Currency's picture



The US / UK, NATO financial system is in collapse.

Start a war, blame the collapse on the Chinese and not the fraudulent fiat money system and those who control the Federal Reserve, Bank of England and other central banks.

COSMOS's picture

The USA hopefully carries full collision coverage on those ships.  I fully expect them to be pretty dented up by chinese ships pulling up besides them and ramming them.

J S Bach's picture

Stupidity and hubris are synonymous.  The U.S. has plenty of both.

In such scenarios, I always play the reversal game...

How would our government and the yahoos that support it feel if the Red Chinese were patrolling off the coasts of San Diego or Miami?

August's picture

FWIW those Chinese vessels were transitting US waters, as is permissable under US law.

Analogous to transitting Massachusetts with an Uzi locked in a gun case.

ZerOhead's picture

The fake East vs. West dialectic is quickly heating up.

I expect that China may be so offended that it sends some troops to Syria just to make the point. If Kissinger tells Jinping it's alright of course....

SMG's picture

The globailsts are marching us towards WWIII for two reasons.

1.  Depopulate the world to 500 million.  See the globalist Georgia Giudestone monument.

2.  Forcee us all into a Scientific Dictatorship World Government run by the Elite.

The plan is to have the US act so badly that it will look good when they are hit with a decapitating nuclear first strike on their military.  I'm trying to save as many as I can so please don't dismiss this and prepare accordingly.

Here's  more reading about it if you're interested:







The Juggernaut's picture

So it this a metaphor of what this Joel Skousen is saying?  The Military Industrial Complex does NOT pledge an allegiance to the USA but to the country that will be the reserve currency?  Like how they destroyed Britain to then prop up USA,  So Central Bankers, Ratheon, Northrop Grumman, Boening, Lockheed Martin, Coke, Dupont, Highest ranking military personal etc... (the list goes on) all pledge their allegiance to profits... who ever has the strongest/biggest money printing press.

Hobbleknee's picture

But if you're trying to depopulate the world, wouldn't you hit the countries with the largest populations? i.e China and India.

mass1313's picture

The Chinese warships were near Alaska, because there is HAARP installation.

At exactly this time Obama visited Alaska.

At exactly this time Ministry of Defence warned about military activites possibly related to electronic/elecromagnetic weapons.


And at exactly this time THIS happened:


Notice what happens in area of South China Sea.

New Zealand is magnetic conjugate point of Alaska.

There is also HAARP instalation near Canary Islands.

The Chinese vessels went to Alaska after the incident happened.

Now connect the dots.

Fahque Imuhnutjahb's picture

What was I supposed to see in the second link?  I'm gonna have to get my glasses, because I apparently

cannot see the dots.  What was the "incident"?

mass1313's picture

This is a GIF animation that shows:

"The Morphed Integrated Microwave Imagery at CIMSS (MIMIC) product provides a radar-like visualization of the evolution of TC structure using advanced image morphing algorithms. The final product is a synthetically-derived animation at 15 minute intervals between two authentic passive microwave satellite images. The morphing routines utilize an advection/rotation scheme based on the current reported TC wind speed estimates. "

The GIF file is quite big so you need to wait a bit until the entire file is loaded.

Otherwise you will not see the entire animation (it's looped so you can observe "the incident" time after time).

The incident was also analysed here, but I think better conclusions are actually in the comments:


Fahque Imuhnutjahb's picture



I guess I was looking in the South China Sea vicinity.  The video was helpful.  What are the theories on the wave forms

origin; is it natural phenomanon, and if not what is it's purpose?

consider me gone's picture

Oh, you mean how would you feel if you were the Phillipines and China, 550 miles away at the closest to the Spratlys, started building islands (from water 70 feet deep) right off your coast and claiming them as territorial China. Good point. The Phillipines would probably be asking WTF and be pretty damned worried.  You are so thoughtful.

maxwellsdemon's picture

not the same since China is the regional hegemon there and we are the regional hegemon here.   China is not building islands off our coast.  China is not backing down, so if the US navy goes there, there will be a confronation with Chinese ships,maybe only collisions, but even that will send a signal that China is serious about defending their islands and the US ships will limp back to the states needing hundreds of millions of dollars of repairs.  Now if the US fires on the Chinese, the Chinese wiill fire back with missiles and possibly WWIII will be on. Is that what you want? 


This is really about the SDR; the ZioNazis will accept the yuan for the SDR only if China backs down here.  IF they don't accept the yuan, then the Currency wars commence.  China will supply Yemen rebels with weapons via IRan,giving Iran plausable deniability and a two front war in the ME will be on.  China sees north Africa as it's natural trading partner and Yemen is strategically vital for them.

SWRichmond's picture

Now if the US fires on the Chinese, the Chinese wiill fire back with missiles and possibly WWIII will be on. Is that what you want?

I am sure that genius of American global polcy, Susan Rice, has got it covered.

Not stop bothering me, i have got to get back to digging my bomb shelter.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Good old Sue. I fogot about her. More affirmative action inaction.

JRobby's picture

The Middle East powder keg is set up. More than enough participants and especially weapons present there to touch off the war they want. Mission really accomplished. Just wait a bit and it will explode.

Now create the second conflict in the South China Sea. You can't start a world war without bringing China into it.

All planned. Getting close to the execution phase now.

The problem with the statement: "they are not that insane" is that in fact, THEY ARE! This is what they want.

A major population reduction followed by a period of chaos and monetary re-set IS THE PLAN. Has been all along.

When thought of in these terms you see how the current actions of the Central Banks make sense. Just temporary while the oligarchs secure the places they ride the war out in.

Now I would guess that this part of the plan is taking longer than anticipated because the oligarchs must now adhere to a time frame if they don't want to be incinerated like the rest of us. For an oligarch, used to doing whatever they like whenever they like, for as long as they feel like it, a time schedule of any type is going to be a problem.

EddieLomax's picture

This has nothing to do with currency wars, this is all about a country declaring that a large stretch of ocean is its territory.

If we accept this then we cede them exclusive rights to any economic benefit from that ocean, that means mineral and fishing rights, it also means that they have the right to stop vessels who want to sail through that patch of ocean, which means they control the trade as they can then legally stop and search and decide whether someone has the "right paperwork" to proceed onwards.

In short its a ridiculous power grab from the Chinese, just because for once the US is in the right some people here seem to have a problem supporting them, or seeing the world where countries like Russia and the US are neither absolutely good nor absolutely evil.

To me the US is damn right in this instance and we all benefit from them making a point of underlining the fact that this stretch of ocean is international territory by calling China's bluff.  If China is prepared to go to war over issues like this then I would prefer the war started today while they are weak then in 30-40 years time when they have had a long time to prepare.  My guess is nothing will happen, the US will sail through and everyone will see the Chinese islands for what they are, sandhills in the middle of a big ocean that will be rather expensive government projects to maintain in the years to come, and without securing the aim of owning that stetch of ocean they will have no useful purpose.

Antifaschistische's picture

well, have to agree with you Eddie...we American's have, do, and will continue to benefit from the US declaring the minerals of the world....our minerals. And you are also correct about the Chinese interested in preserving their own power.  But, don't you think this is an Asian issue way way way way way before it's an American issue?  Where is Vietnam?  Where is Indonesia and Malaysia on this issue?  It's one thing for us to back the interests of smaller countries...that at least looks Noble, but that's not what this looks like.

maxwellsdemon's picture

That's insane. Why would you risk WWIII, the deaths of you and your family, over some rocks in the South China sea? Doesn't the US control the Gulf of Mexico?  The US controls more Ocean than any country on earth.  This is between the Japs and the Chinese and the Japs own the Chinese big time for killing 30 million of them when they invaded in the 1930's.  REmember?

FreedomGuy's picture

Because it is like a chess game and these are just the opening moves with pawns. People like you see only one piece and one move.

Victor von Doom's picture

No-one "owes" anyone anything on this shithole of a planet. You get what you can grab, and keep what you can defend. That's it.


EddieLomax's picture

By that logic, if the US declared a large stretch of ocean their sovereign territory, then Russia, us (Europeans) and everyone else should just accept it because they have nuclear weapons too.

I don't want to live in a world where we are all slaves to the whims of Chinese policy any more then I want to be in a world where we have to slavishly follow whatever insanities come out of the oval office.  The US doesn't control that ocean, it only has claimed the ocean within agreed territorial limits, there is a big difference between the freedom to sail where you please, and declaring the area part of your territory.

consider me gone's picture

But wha, wha, what about the zio-nazis. Just kidding. I agree 100%. China is looking all too much like the Japanese circa 1930's. Only the complete idiots in charge of the US are the LAST ones to stand up to anyone for anything.  People may want to make sure their EMP insurance premiums are up to date.

MEFOBILLS's picture

from maxwellsdemon

This is really about the SDR; the ZioNazis will accept the yuan for the SDR only if China backs down here.  IF they don't accept the yuan, then the Currency wars commence.  China will supply Yemen rebels with weapons via IRan,giving Iran plausable deniability and a two front war in the ME will be on.  China sees north Africa as it's natural trading partner and Yemen is strategically vital for them.


Very good.  SDR's are definately part of the mix.   Also, Chinese String of Pearls strategy and overland pipeline via Pakistan needs to be factored in.  String of Pearls is the placement of military outposts on transit routes for goods and oil shipping.  Overland pipeline is being negotiated as backup for maritime shipment of oil.  Yet another is that China is a land power, and the islands can be "army" hopped into Japan. 



RichardParker's picture

Even better, how would the US gov feel if the Red Chinese were patrolling off the coasts of Hawaii or Puerto Rico?

RafterManFMJ's picture

Or launching missile's right off the California coast?

jeff montanye's picture

i wanted to add to this by saying "or droning . . ." but there really is no parallel.  israel??  china helping the palestinians with drones??  could you imagine?  talk about your ww3.

Antifaschistische's picture

Can't Obozo also start a war or something with Argentina or Venezuela and perhaps...Sweden so we could then truly cover the globe with this stupidity.

Paveway IV's picture

Shipping lanes? Whaaat? I'm amazed that Tyler wrote the whole article without mentioning OIL.

This is a dispute between a few competing OIL mafias, with the two biggest from China and the U.S. ones. Smaller gangs are on the periphery looking for crumbs. This situation is extremely dangerous because:

1) The U.S. conveniently ignores its own oil mafias and their oligarchs influencing the U.S. government and foreign policy.

2) China ignores the existance of Chinese oil mafias and their oligarchs influencing the Chinese government and foreign policy.

3) Neither one can find any advantage in the current state of diplomacy (everyone has been arguing about the Spratlies since forever).

So both mafias prod their respective governments to engage in military clownfuckery. This is a diplomatic matter that overpaid blowhards are suppose to hammer out on their own. Who gives a damn if some oil oligarch is all butt-hurt because things are moving too slow and they can't figure out an easy way to cheat. Fuck them. But (unfortunately for the U.S.) the oil oligarchs in the Chinese side are easily the most powerful mafia in all of China. Manufacturing and shipping interests in China are nowhere near that league.

The U.S. oil interests could - in the past - throw the U.S. military at oil adversaries of smaller, weak nations and prevail. Not anymore - they are repeatedly getting the crap beat out of them by the Russian oil mafia. And now they want to take on the Chinese oil mafia? Why don't we just drone the heads of each respective oil mafia and save the millions of little people's lives that will be sacrificed instead?

Any rational, moral U.S. government leader would tell the U.S. oil mafia, "Back the fuck off - you're not going to win this one, either. We're tired of fighting your wars." But there are no rational, moral leaders in the U.S. government. We can expect U.S. soldier's blood to flow in ANOTHER unwinnable oil mafia gang war that has nothing to do with the U.S. Constitution or 'protecting' U.S. citizens.

sun tzu's picture

The USSA mafia government has zero claim to the Spratlies. The fight is between China, Vietnam, and The Philippines.

OldPhart's picture

Progressive limits coverage of acts of war or of terrorism.

Looks like we're fucked.

Winston Churchill's picture

Be fun seeing what they can do against anti ship missiles fired from the islands and the mainland.

About as much use as a fart in a spacesuit in that situation.

That is a kill zone, and not for the USN.If the Chinese have already built cement factories

and hydroponic gardens on those atolls,that would be after everything required to defend them

was completed..

EddieLomax's picture

While nuking the islands directly would be crossing a red line, I wonder what a very large explosion on a geological fault line 40-50 miles away would do to them, best-o-luck living on a 1m above sea level island when there is a 9 meter wave coming at you.

In fact I wonder what will happen when the next tropical storm hits them, I'm sure there is a good reason they were mostly below sea level before.

sun tzu's picture

I wonder what a Chinese nuke 50 miles off the US coast would do to the LA region. This isn't the 1950's anymore.