U.S. Warships Surround Disputed Chinese Waters, Prepared For War: "WWIII At Stake"

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Submitted by Mac Slavo via SHTFPlan.com,

Territorial disputes are a delicate thing… and potentially deadly as well.

That’s why the U.S. is backing up its positions with an ever-increasing presence of warships  in the South China Sea.

China is very touchy about these territories, and unwilling to give up what they perceive as their waters, even as a UN tribunal just denied their claims and strengthened the U.S. hand.

Indeed, the entire situation is combustible and very dangerous.

As James Holbrooks of the Underground Reporter noted:

In a congressional hearing on Wednesday, former Director of National Intelligence and retired Navy admiral Dennis Blair told the panel that the United States should be prepared to use military force to oppose Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.

 

“I think we need to have some specific lines and then encourage China to compromise on some of its objectives,” Blair, who headed the U.S. Pacific Command while in the Navy, said at the hearing.

 

The admiral’s recommendation came the day after a United Nations tribunal invalidated China’s claim of territorial rights to nearly all of the waters in the South China Sea.

 

The U.S., citing the territorial dispute and security concerns raised by its allies in the region, have for months been sending warships into the South China Sea as a check against Chinese hostility.

 

Beijing, acutely aware of the military buildup off its coast, has publicly warned the U.S. it’s more than ready to defend against provocations. “China hopes disputes can be resolved by talks… but it must be prepared for any military confrontation.”

It seems that the situation is being deliberately stoked into conflict, and that tensions are programmed to reach a boiling over point. If true, there is no indication of where the point of no return would be.

The U.S. has the excuse of protecting its ally, and former territory, the Philippines, and thus has a pretext to play policeman in the region.

But in turn, that is only a thinly-veiled ruse to amplify the military pressure, and let bloated speech and menacing saber-rattling episodes set the tone for ‘diplomacy’ with the Red Dragon.

Now, there is not only an escalation, but an acknowledgement on both sides of the Pacific that things are headed towards war – and it is being openly discussed in those stark terms:

“If our security is being threatened, of course we have the right to demarcate a zone,” Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said Wednesday at a briefing in Beijing. “We hope that other countries will not take this opportunity to threaten China and work with China to protect the peace and stability of the South China Sea, and not let it become the origin of a war.”

 

And war, it appears, is becoming increasingly likely by the day — with other countries in Southeast Asia beginning to take sides.

 

[…]

 

So, with the U.S. demanding compromise from a China who refuses to bow down — and forcing local powers to choose sides in the process — it seems the stage is being set for a potential military conflict in the South China Sea that could engulf the entire region.

Are we really to expect a looming world war from China, who has played the parts of villain, ally, trade partner and rival all at the same time?

No one can say, but there is plenty of worry that war could really happen. Even billionaire George Soros warned that the potential danger of WWIII breaking out with China was ‘not an exaggeration’:

The US government has little to gain and much to lose by treating the relationship with China as a zero-sum game. In other words it has little bargaining power. It could, of course, obstruct China’s progress, but that would be very dangerous. President Xi Jinping has taken personal responsibility for the economy and national security. If his market-oriented reforms fail, he may foster some external conflicts to keep the country united and maintain himself in power. This could lead China to align itself with Russia not only financially but also politically and militarily. In that case, should the external conflict escalate into a military confrontation with an ally of the United States such as Japan, it is not an exaggeration to say that we would be on the threshold of a third world war.

And yet, President Obama and numerous other U.S. officials have been deliberately stoking the tension and adding fuel to the fire with provocation in the disputed waters.

As Michael Snyder wrote several months ago:

Barack Obama sent a guided missile destroyer into disputed waters in the South China Sea to see if the Chinese would start shooting at it. Yes, this is what he actually did. Fortunately for us, the Chinese backed down and did not follow through on their threats to take military action. Instead, the Chinese have chosen to respond with very angry words. The Chinese ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, says that what Obama did was “a very serious provocation, politically and militarily.” And as you will see below, a state-run newspaper stated that China “is not frightened to fight a war with the US in the region”. So why in the world would Obama provoke the Chinese like this? Yes, the Chinese claims in the South China Sea are questionable. But there are other ways to resolve things like this.

 

Most Americans assume that an actual shooting war between the United States and China is not even within the realm of possibility, but many of our leaders see things very differently. For instance, just check out what CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell thinks…

 

The current posturing in the area has led to heightened tensions between the world’s preeminent military powers, and in May Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell told CNN that the confrontation indicates there is “absolutely” a risk of the U.S. and China going to war sometime in the future.

Not long ago, the U.S. also demonstrated ballistic missiles – armed with nuclear warheads – over the coast of California in an apparent demonstration towards China regarding the readiness and seriousness of their clash.

Though it isn’t on the front burner right now amid other sensational headlines, keep an eye to the fact that World War III is slowly being brewed on the back burner. Someday, it could ignite into a full blown nightmare. Stay vigilant. Hope for peace, prepare for war.

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Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The US has taken out the big stick and is preparing to use it. Why don't 'we' just go back to the good old days of gunboat diplomacy.

Oh wait....

<Because we are morally clean....or at least the morally cleanest dirty shirt in the democracy laundry. Just look at Turkey if you don't think this is correct. /sarc>

svayambhu108's picture

Every Empire has its Rubicon and its Allaric

JamesBond's picture

I was especting the author to analyze the ship movements mentioned in the 'click bait' title, but alas no such info to be found.  

beemasters's picture

If only the US military would do the same thing for Israel illegal expansion. (Sigh)
At least China is not evicting anyone from and bulldozing their homes illegally in the sea.

Max Hunter's picture

Really? War with China?  Much to do about nothing here, and I think most people know it.

sleigher's picture

Who the hell will make all of our plastic crap no one really needs?

 

 

 

Manthong's picture

The magic negro emperor had better get another 20 nations or so to add their warships to the South China Sea mix or he is going to end up being caught more flat-footed than a duck.

Aristotle of Greece's picture

That move in the China seas means one thing: the comatose dollar is about to meet its demise. And only WW3 can camouflage it.

http://bit.ly/1PyMpdw

wee-weed up's picture

This is a diversion by Obozo & Hitlery to take the Lib-facilitated racial crap off the front page because it's increasing Trump's potential for a landslide every day that passes.

Never One Roach's picture

Chinese gubmint officials [it is reported] have laundered Hundreds of Billions overseas in the countries they purport to hate like USA, Canada, Australia, and NZ. They will NEVER risk confiscation of their ill-gotten multimillion dollar houses in SF, Vancouver, Seattle, Sydney, Melbourne, etc.

 

I guarantee that! This "confrontation" is just circus for the Gurberized uninformed Chinese and low-iq Americans.

ebworthen's picture

The Chinese Elites, as they stir-up the peasantry for war.

Is the U.S. going to start making shit again? 

Without China computers and T.V.'s no workie.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture

These games will not escalate.  What we must really be concerned about are the trade wars.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

...and the rapefugee terrorists, and the FSA, and the zzionazis, and the ...

Dugald's picture

 

“China hopes disputes can be resolved by talks…

But we refuse to recognise the decison of the International Courts.....Yup that's the way

to resolve the problem...be flexible! 

Just another storm in a China teacup......

Lore's picture

Yeah, I'm sure glad the western elites aren't stirring the peasantry for war. /sarc

Seriously, this "aggression" is about as ridiculous as "Putin's Aggression."  The only "aggression" is emanating from NWO GLOBALIST PSYCHOPATHS AND THEIR PANDERING PATHOCRAT CHEERLEADERS.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Taiwan and South Korea, commie bitchez!

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Putting aside whether the South China Sea is or is not the territory of China... one thing is for sure, it is most certainly not the territory of the USA.

But I guess it all increases sales for the MIC.

strangewalk's picture

The South China Sea, just like any other body of water or land area, 100% legally belongs to the wolf-pack with the biggest, meanest beasts. This is the way of history and it will never change. 

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Screw the law... I'm referring to ethics, morals, common decency.

Remember them? It's what both common law and civil law are founded upon.

cheka's picture

google 'most favored' and fade this china-is-enemy of nyc/dc b.s. with confidence

de3de8's picture

Diversion? This matter is nowhere to be found on the MSM Sheeple news

jeff montanye's picture

but why biblicism institute, especially with the rather anti-argument from authority motto of "question everything"?

and are all the different names really just you?

in any case your comments are pretty good imo but i really hope at least the latter part is wrong (well, i suppose it could be theoretically true and not have to be true in practice, hat tip to yogi, that is, the dollar collapses and is not camoflaged because ww3 does not occur).

p.s. i like some of the chinese plastic crap; i have some very nice colored pinwheels i got at dollartree.

glenlloyd's picture

So the US is pretending it has the moral high ground? That is too funny...

Dugald's picture

 

Refer to the decision of the International Court..

Not funny at all, freedom of the High Seas is a big thing and not to

be taken lightly..... Well done America, now you will find out who your

friends are...

Dave's picture

Just because China is making a territorial claim on part of the South China Sea doesn't mean they plan to obstruct navigation. What they want is the fishing and mineral (oil) deposits. They have an awful lot of mouths to feed. They need this. I am not defending their behavior just stating a reason for their actions. The other countries in the region need the same thing. It will get messy. The U.S. will end up caught in a "tar baby".

chistletoe's picture

Who the hell is going to make all of those american flags, those fireworks, and firecrackers, that we use to celebrate "Land of the free, home of the brave" every year?  They've all been coming from China for so long now that no one here even knows what the pattern of the stars on the flag looks like ....

Francis Marx's picture

Your right. We confronted them endlessly and they did nothing. No different now.

lasvegaspersona's picture

Please tell that to Vlad. He is sitting between missiles in Poland, Missiles in Romania and an asshat in the White House who may have already given the launch codes to General Ripper. Putin has to be wondering if the 'first strike victory' team is planning a ...well...first strike...in which case, if Iwere Vlad, I might be wondering if a 'first, first strike ' is called for.

If so. may I suggest a decapitation effort and not mass annihilation. This country has good land and lots of pussies....apparently....so think about that Vlad.

Pinto Currency's picture

 

When you've got rigs like the LBMA and bond market blowing-up, don't address the problems. 

Hell, start a war.

philipat's picture

Precisely what Chinese agression in the South China sea is being referenced here? I was only ever aware of ongoing US provocation. As far as I am aware, there has never been any attempt by China to interfere with the free movement of shipping in the area nor has China ever indicated any intention ever to do so. It sounds a little like all that Russian agression in the Baltics and Poland which requires the deployment of nuclear missiles right on Russia's borders.

shining one's picture

Every person that knows how to use the internet properly, KNOWS that America and the west and IsraHELL are the evil ones these days. It is only the evil media that is keeping that truth from the rest of the populations.

Vendetta's picture

the free movement of shipping in the area are all the ships transporting plastic shit to the US and coming back empty ... no targets of value since China is crushing and impoverishing the vast majority of American workers with the help of Amerikan politicians, globalists and corporations with every ship load ...

delacroix's picture

michael snyder is a professional fear monger.

Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

Like China cares about the illegal U.N resolution. Is this some sort of joke? Get out of there and protect our own borders, we have our own invasion to deal with.  Let Japan deal with China, can't they just shoot a fukuishima at china and call it a day?  

ramius's picture

LOOOL. That was no UN resolution, but  decision by The Hague tribunal. BTW, China has come a long way since Manchukuo and the rape of Nankin, but they have a good healthy memory, so don't expect japan do move , unless they want tey;re arses handed to them with chopsticks. And last I checked, Japan had no army to speak of, only coast guard and some navy to protect it's fishing boats. 

Quicksilver's picture

This makes me think more of Marathon

algol_dog's picture

I live on Hawaii. Can you mother fuckers move your conflicts to the Atlantic side please. Preferably close to Washington DC.

 

beemasters's picture

Since when do the warmongers really care about the people???

beemasters's picture

Besides, Hawaii was the last state. So naturally, it would be the first to be sacrificed. :)

ramius's picture

tought that would be Puerto Rico or Haiti, but what the hell, Hawayy will do just nicely , easy to ocupy, especially if you have a standing army of 1,8 mil, with a couple hundred mil in reserve, and it will make a nice little forward base to luch planes and misiles from. 

Librarian's picture

Well, they do care about those people.

Similarly to how a corporation cares about the 20% of its workforce that it 'downsizes'.

It's a kind of negative form of attention.

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

No cant do, some of us live on Atlantic side. Please use more precise battle ground preferable right on Washington but not the surrounding areas. Limit the zone of battle field to only that area.

Perimetr's picture

When a couple US aircraft carriers are sitting on the bottom of the South China Sea . . . then what?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Bail?

<So many different connotations to that one word.>

sun tzu's picture

Nuclear war will solve the problems of social security and unemployment

Vendetta's picture

Jeremy Wade can have an episode on River Monsters where he catches two headed giant fish in the South China seas ... it'll be awesome and scary