Three Chinese Warships To Dock In Florida Port

Tyler Durden's picture

At a time when the US and China are practically at arms over the artificial islands in the South China Seas, with the US sending warships on location to patrol (despite White House Spokesman Josh Earnest saying on Oct. 8 that U.S. warships "should not provoke significant reaction from the Chinese") and a stunned China responding "What On Earth Makes Them Think We Will Tolerate This", the last thing we thought we would see right now was three Chinese warships about to port in Florida's Naval Station Mayport.

And yet according to USNI that is precisely what is about to happen: citing US Navy officials, USNI reports that he three ships about to dock in the US are the Type 052C Luyang II-class guided-missile destroyer Jinan (152), the Type 054A Jiangkai II-class guided-missile frigate Yiyang (548) and the Type 903 Fuchi-class fleet oiler Qiandao Hu (886).

Type 52 Luyang II guided missile destroyer Jinan

"Three vessels are on an around-the-world deployment and will conduct the goodwill visit after completing port calls in Europe,” read a statement from Navy Region Southeast. "The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) will serve as the host ship. In Mayport, sailors from both navies will participate in sporting events and interact during ship tours."

The close navy encounters go both ways: yesterday, a collection of about two dozen U.S. naval officers paid a visit to the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning in China, according to Chinese state controlled press and confirmed by the Navy.

U.S. officials would not elaborate if there would be an at-sea training component to the visit slated to run from Nov. 3rd to the 7th.

What makes the visit particularly awkward is that, as Navy officials stressed, the visit was planned months in advance and comes just as Washington and Beijing are at loggerheads over territorial possessions in the South China Sea.

It is also notable, that in addition to the Mayport visit, China has sent the flotilla to first ever port visits in the Baltic Sea in ports like Stolkholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland as part of the world tour. Perhaps it is just part of China's due diligence.

Some US Congressmen are not too happy about the Chinese visit: "While the U.S. has been fervently cultivating military-to-military exchanges, China’s behavior at sea has not tracked with its rhetoric of a ‘peaceful rise’,” read a Thursday statement from Rep. Randy Forbes, from the chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, to USNI News.

“Engagement like the upcoming Chinese visit to Mayport should not be done purely for engagement’s sake, and I hope that in addition to increased transparency, we start to see China moderate its other destabilizing activities.”

However, the most interesting news is that according to the US Naval Institute, despite much posturing, the Obama administration has not yet dispatched ship toward China, and instead has been merely weighing for weeks whether or not it will send a freedom of navigation mission within 12 nautical miles — the internationally recognized maritime border — of features in the Spratly and Paracel China has reclaimed from the sea.

It would appear that Obama was once again all talk and once China threatened to call the U.S. bluff and warned it would use force, the US desire for confrontation promptly evaporated.

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knukles's picture

To offload troops and supplies to combat domestic terrorism
Can always hold hands, tell folk tales and sing Kumbaya
No!  My Dear Leader is a better Leader than your Dear Leader

                        Why is everything seemingly Pythonesque?

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Does anyone here know the Mandarin translation of "Hello comrades.  Thank you for saving us!"

SMG's picture

It's so obvious China is being built up for WWIII, coming in 5-10 years.  I hate my reality.

Implied Violins's picture

I would seriously prepare for a drastic acceleration of that time frame, unfortunately...

Fahque Imuhnutjahb's picture

 

 

How much gold could those things carry?  Chinese official overheard to say, "We Bai Bling"

Big refinery near their docking port.

 

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article20051649.html

Fahque Imuhnutjahb's picture

 

 

http://www.mining.com/chavez-gold-repatriation-blows-up-in-venezuelas-face/

 

Goldman may have brokered a deal.  If the ships go on to dock in Venezuela that may be the case;

however you'd figure China and Venezuela would do their own dealings. Maybe they're transferring some

bling from the 2013 deal.

 

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2013-11-25/what-is-goldman-sachs-d...

Urban Redneck's picture

I hope (for Republic Metals' sake) that Alan Silverstein isn't a relative of "Pull It" Larry... but since they suspect it was an inside job, the possibility needs to be examined.

Normalcy Bias's picture

Obama's probably even given them permission to cruise by the nearby Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_Submarine_Base_Kings_Bay

Perimetr's picture

In the event that the US starts a war with its confrontation in the South China Sea, these Chinese ships will be in a good location to launch lots of cruise missiles at US targets. Forward based nukes on US soil.

straightershooter's picture

That's easy....

 

Repeat after me: Ni How, Ton Zi, shei Shei Ju wo

Ni How> Hello,

Comrades> Ton ZI

Thank you> Shei Shei

(for) Saving> Ju

us> wo

 

Here you go!

Antifaschistische's picture

Hey, since the Russians are doing our job for us in Syria, can we ask the Chinese to protect our borders and blow up drug smugglers in the Gulf of Mexico?

I bet they won't have the problems that the US Coast Guard has.

o r c k's picture

Knuck, you mean like an anti-presstitute task force?

thunderchief's picture

Chinese Art of War.

It is much easier to attack ones enemy when parked in her ports.

WOAR's picture

"It's easier to start a war when you can sink your enemies in your own ports."

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

It reminds me of this exchange from the Magnificent Seven, after Calverra just waltzed into town with his thugs.

Calvera: New wall.

Chris: There are lots of new walls, all around.

Calvera: They won't keep me out!

Chris: They were built to keep you in.

doctor10's picture

"Politics is the entertainment wing of the MIC/Banking complex"

We're being played like a fiddle folks!!

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

No, these visits were planned months ago - do you have any idea of the size of turning circle needed for something as huge as an overbloated obsolete navy?

 

 

10mm's picture

China did say after Newtown Americans should be disarmed.

AGuy's picture

This brings a whole new meaning to "Horror Freight"  --Reference to China's Harbor Freight that sells god awful tools.

 

Semi-employed White Guy's picture

If you only need to use them once, then they are a good deal.  You might get to use them twice if you're lucky.

10mm's picture

All bullshit. Just kill the fucking dollar will ya's.

CarpetShag's picture

Hello Sailor.....

Implied Violins's picture

I think they've stopped by to pick up 'murikan brides for Chinese men who answered ZeroHedge ads...

SILVERGEDDON's picture

At least they got real cool boats, unlike the first wave of boat people arriving in Florida.

Wolverines East Side !!!!

Wi Fuk U Tu.

Squid Viscous's picture

this calls for a Ramirez cartoon!

yogibear's picture

So did Barry give Jinping the keys to the white house?

If people around the White House start smelling Chinese food cooking instead of soul food that will be a good indicator.

Jackagain's picture

To drop off my Gen. Tso's take out order....it better be hot this time...

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

They should just dock in DC and shell the Fed.

The Gladiator's picture

Which one contains the Nuke for an EMP attack?

idontcare's picture

I am surprised that they didn't dock at the Port of Miami or up in Palm Beach County so that they could check on all their luxury real estate in both counties.

847328_3527's picture

Problem with Chinese ships is soon after they dock once, they want to dock again.

o r c k's picture

That's an old joke. That's an old joke. That's an old jo-----

Keyboard Kommando's picture

No, they just want to dock an hour later!

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Maybe they were simply impressed by those US condoms that ISIS was ballooning, and they could use that quality back home, given that everyone back there is fucking up royally.

TheReplacement's picture

And American women can't understand why American men like Asian women so much.

 

agent default's picture

Remember the RN visit in Kiel in 1914?  The departing message was something along the lines of always friends forever friends, or something like that.

So if history repeats it self, we have two years until the equal speed Charlie London pennant.

coast's picture

I have come to the conclusion that its all theatre....China, Russia, etc are all in on the NWO, they just bicker a bit with each other in regards to pecking order.  Even canada is abandoing the U.S.  This was all planned, to bring down the united tates. But first they have to take down europe. The gig is up,  The game is over, people best prepare.

Implied Violins's picture

Welcome to the most sane viewpoint in an insane world...

Agent P's picture

"Herro, we have derivery for Warmart."

ptoemmes's picture

We have them right where they want us.

Rainman's picture

did you not know 81% of Chinese Americans voted for Obama in 2012 ?

MisterMousePotato's picture

Too, 80% of Asian voters favor strict gun control. They might be nice people, but they are not good Americans.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Rick Scott offering free…. ‘comfort’.  

Dr. Engali's picture

This is what makes me believe that all the huffing and puffing is staged bullshit to keep us distracted while the NWO advances their agenda. There's no war against nations, it's a war of the elites versus people.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Trump already told us, all the news is lies.    

herkomilchen's picture

When it's not just the 1 in 100,000 that reads ZeroHedge but the population at large that wakes up to this that everything will change.