China Warns US Patrols In South China Sea Could End In "Disaster" As It Launches Navy Drills

Tyler Durden's picture

Less than a week after a Hague tribunal found that China has no territorial rights in the South China Sea, contrary to Beijing's "Nine Dash Line" claims, China has made it abundantly clear that it will no comply with the ruling when overnight a senior Chinese admiral said that Freedom of navigation patrols carried out by foreign navies in the South China Sea could end "in disaster" while also announcing the unexpected start of navy drills in the contested waters, in the most direct warning to the United States yet.


According to AP, Hainan's maritime administration said an area southeast of the island province would be closed from Monday to Thursday, but gave no details about the nature of the exercises. The announcement came during a three-day visit to China by US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson to discuss the South China Sea dispute and ways to increase interaction between the two militaries, which continue to have a tense relationship. 

Chinese missile frigate Yuncheng launches an anti-ship missile during a military exercise

in the waters near south China's Hainan Island and Paracel Islands, July 8, 2016

Further provoking a US response, Beijing also stated that it would not halt the construction on islands and reefs in the South China Sea, state news agency Xinhua reported the head of the country’s navy as saying, adding that China will not leave the outcropping that is under construction half finished. Furthermore, despite the meeting between the US and Chinese militaries, Sun Jianguo, an admiral and deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department of China’s Central Military Commission, said behind closed doors on  Saturday that freedom of navigation patrols by foreign navies in the South China Sea could end “in disaster,” according to Reuters.

“When has freedom of navigation in the South China Sea ever been affected? It has not, whether in the past or now, and in the future there won’t be a problem as long as nobody plays tricks,” Sun said.


“But China consistently opposes so-called military freedom of navigation which brings with it a military threat, and which challenges and disrespects the international law of the sea,” Sun added.


“This kind of military freedom of navigation is damaging to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, and it could even play out in a disastrous way,” he said, without elaborating.  


He said the court case at The Hague must be used by China's armed forces to improve its capabilities "so that when push comes to shove, the military can play a decisive role in the last moment to defend our national sovereignty and interests".

With tensions in the South China Sea already riding high, the comments are seen as the loudest warning to the US, which has conducted such patrols close to Chinese-held islands over the past year. Those patrols prompted Beijing to send fighter jets and ships to track and warn off the American ships, while accusing the US of threatening its national security.

In a further development, Chinese air force spokesman Shen Jinke was quoted by state media as saying that air force fighters and bombers had recently conducted patrols over the South China Sea and would make that "a regular practice" in future.

In short,

Despite the warnings, China and the United States have been maintaining open lines of communication, with U.S. Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson meeting the head of the Chinese navy, Wu Shengli, in Beijing on Monday. "I think that you can visit China this time at our invitation, that shows both sides attach great concern to maritime security," Wu told Richardson in brief comments in front of reporters.

Victor Gao, director of the China National Association of International Studies, told RT that he believes the US was “very much involved in this arbitration case brought by the Philippines...trying to put pressure on China.”

“China will stand firm on the matter of principle and China will also use all military resources to make sure that the US will not win this battle against China,” he said.

Separately, in yet another act of defiance to the trbunal verdict, China landed two civilian aircraft on new airstrips on the disputed Mischief and Subi reefs and dispatched its coast guard to block a Philippine fishing boat from reaching a contested shoal.

The small glimmer of good news is that according to the latest US Naval map update, where there were two US aircraft carriers in the South China Sea, now there is just one, as the John Stennis - after hosting Joe Biden on July 14 while the ship and John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) were participating in the Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise - appears to be quietly leaving the area.

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boink.voink's picture

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

bamawatson's picture

oobla dee oobla daa hey la chukka chukka

Countrybunkererd's picture

American english?  Or Odumba$$'s native language?

Son of Loki's picture

I have full confidence in the fellow who created the very successful Obamacare, the peaceful organization BLM and was smart enuff to appoint Kerry as his State dept mascot --- the horse.

Countrybunkererd's picture

Me too.  Now where's my cell phone, i need to play pokemon.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Countrybunkererd Jul 18, 2016 2:00 PM

Oh, shit... If we go to war with China where will we get all of our chrome plated plastic junk?

Say What Again's picture

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FreezeThese (not verified) Say What Again Jul 18, 2016 2:08 PM

Mi C. Go Wei

Manthong's picture


Simple solution.

Bomb the Spratly Islands with US/Afghan opium canisters…

Get all of our ships and sailors out of there…

Give Duterte a half dozen small nukes and tell him where the drugs threatening the P.I. are.


ali_baba's picture

Let's get this show started. I neeeed to see moar American Military funerals!!!

I just think it's sooo cute how they dress up and do all that saluting... and the band and shit. It's one of the best things about American culture and we JUST don't see it often enough these days.

Firepower's picture

I just think it's sooo cute how they dress up and do all that saluting...

and all that fightin' fer the flag that puts an IRS telescope up their Pa's ass in the Tea Party back in Home Sweet Murka!

Countrybunkererd's picture

Don't worry, it isn't real chrome.  Neither is the stainless steel actually stainless steel.  But it IS junk, all of it.

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LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Countrybunkererd Jul 18, 2016 3:22 PM

Yeah, you've got to love the "stainless steel" that rusts. Almost every outdoor grill in the few hundred dollar, or so, range.

wren's picture

Or childrens toys made of lead...

roisaber's picture

Fucking Christards are as bad as the muzzies. DEPORT ABRAHAM NOW

JamesBond's picture

Difficult to think that China harassing a few fishing boats in the South China Sea could jump start some shit.

Countrybunkererd's picture

The ONLY concern that i have is that the DPRK can get stuff in to build better ICBM's and better warheads because US ships (seemingly the only ones doing it) can't interdict them.

Still feel good about buying cheap crap made by slaves for Wal-Mart (and all others because they can't compete otherwise) rather than by someone in your neighborhood?  At least it was cheap right?

scintillator9's picture

Equally difficult to think that some obscure Archduke and his wife getting assassinated in June, 1914 started a chain of events that are still more or less playing out to this very day.

JamesBond's picture

Article in the Japanese News Feed that China considers Pokemon Go a joint Japanese/American spying system on their bases and so will ban it.  So, I guess anything is possible when it comes to throwing the first pumch...  when you are paranoid.



nailgunner44's picture

Also Putin banning it in Russian Federation

Deepskyy's picture

And rattle rattle rattle goes the sabre...


Lumberjack's picture A three-point statement rejecting the recent award rendered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the South China Sea Arbitration initiated by the Philippines was issued July 15 by the Legislative Yuan, the highest lawmaking body in Taiwan.


(2nd LD) Park puts forward direction of S. Korea-Mongolia economic cooperation

"Mongolia -- rich in mineral resources -- is the world's top 10 resource-abundant nation, while South Korea is a manufacturing powerhouse that possesses cutting-edge technologies," she told a gathering of some 300 business leaders from the two countries….


Mongolia and Clintons/foundation et al. need to be scrutinized. This looks like the next up and coming 'playground'.



Flashback from last year:



Rember Clinton's right hand man, Doug Band, who founded the Clinton Global Initiative and Teneo holdings? His company really likes mongolia.




A former MF Global employee accused former president William J. Clinton of collecting $50,000 per month through his Teneo advisory firm in the months before the brokerage careened towards its Halloween filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Teneo was hired by MF Global’s former CEO Jon S. Corzine to improve his image and to enhance his connections with Clinton’s political family, said the employee, who asked that his name be withheld because he feared retribution.




The Message Behind Secretary Clinton’s Trip to Mongolia

Lumberjack's picture
Mongolia, Canada, Israel & the United States


If one assumes that mining companies from foreign locations now call the shots in Mongolia, I’d say that was a very safe assumption. If one realizes that Oyu Tolgoi itself commences commercial production basically now, and that the total of GDP for the entire country coming from OT will become a little more than a third of the entire economy, then we can safely posit that Rio Tinto and Ivanhoe are to Mongolia as Saudi Aramco is to Saudi Arabia (If Saudi Aramco was not owned by Saudis). This is the size of OT in a country with over 25 Canadian mining companies, several oil companies and multiple dozen Chinese mining companies, a country where every powerline one sees outside of UB is heading for a mine– hovering over small towns (sums) but not connecting to them.

I did not head to Mongolia on an investigation of mining, however, though it happens to anyone by default by simply being in a city where English is rapidly becoming more common than Russian, despite 70 years in the Soviet orbit.

I headed to Mongolia in order to see what was up with the recently publicized oil shale industry. This is oil shale such as kerogen shale, the stuff that isn’t fracked, but would be mined or extracted in the ground (in-situ) in a manner much like the famous Canadian tar sands. Mongolia apparently has a lot of the kerogen-bearing rock, in the two main types, and in April, 2013 Genie Energy announced a deal they struck with the Petroleum Authority of Mongolia [PAM].

The flashers went off in my mind upon hearing that the proposed experimental, non-commercially operating technology developed in the United States and almost under way in an area some 12 kilometres from Jerusalem on pastoral vineyard lands that religious folks will tell you was where David slew Goliath. Why would Genie– upon whose board sit Rupert Murdoch, Howard Jonas, Dick Cheney, Michael Steinhardt, Lord Jacobs Rothschild and others– want to come to Mongolia? These open Zionists and militarists have made clear their goal is to make Israel an oil superpower– They even hired Israel “Relik” Shafir, a pilot who flew the sorties attacking the Osirak Nuclear Reactor in Iraq back in 1981– to be their CEO. He publicly likes to reference his time in the Israeli air force as having taught him the importance of energy self-sufficiency.

TonyRUs's picture

Noooo freedom of navigation for you.

de3de8's picture

Nobama will do nothing, last thing he wants with so little time remaining in office.

silverer's picture

No. Actually, he's creating lots of bad things on many fronts. One will produce a situation where he can declare martial law. Then he gets his third term. That's how he can get even with Hillary, whom he detests, even while it looks like he's supporting her. Brilliant.

Bill of Rights's picture

" Dock that Chink a days pay for napping on the job "

Countrybunkererd's picture

We are the execptional ones, by God*.  I see dead people. 


*God is defined by the dark rooms of our former hellion club.  Time changed on us and we are now hidden in the "Grove" of california and elsewhere to do our blood oaths.  It is not the God that most people refer to in their daily lives.


oracle_man's picture

Fuck the Chinks. Let's fight bioth's!!!

Vageling's picture

“When has freedom of navigation in the South China Sea ever been affected? It has not, whether in the past or now, and in the future there won’t be a problem as long as nobody plays tricks,” Sun said.

Not that I know of. Not like they are threatening their neighbors either with war ships. But you see. Good old deep state reptiles like to remind people who's in charge of this planet. They have vassals there they need to keep in line. I'm sure you are aware of this. They're the bullies that keep showing up uninvited in everybody's backyard. Ask Russia. 

Don't think US Navy will get their request for docking in China approved anymore. Keep on sabre rattling! Keep making foes.  

buzzardsluck's picture

"... abundantly clear that it will no comply..."

LOL, even though it's probably a typo

Bernardo Gui's picture

China knows full well that the US could make those little islands disappear if its naval vessels were attacked.  The B-2s on Guam could easily take out radar and air defenses before the B-52s go to work.  The USAF maintains enough F-15s in Japan and S. Korea to clear the skies of untested Chinese pilots (not to mention carriers with long distance figher capability).  China has never fought an actual modern war, much less a naval battle.  The logistics alone of egaging the US at sea would be daunting and beyond Chinese capabilities.  Much ado about nothing. 

Countrybunkererd's picture

If the US KNOWS THIS why can't we just allow them the islands then?  The US is pushing for war because...

That is all they know?  It is a dying beast lashing out at all things it sees?

pine_marten's picture

The Chicoms will be really dissapointed when Clinton wins and she and her vp, Dr. Strangelove ratchet things up instead of down. 

silverer's picture

I've read the Chinese nuclear hypersonic delivery systems tested out great. It will be quite the show, at least for about an hour or so. Then there will be nothing at all. Huck Fillary for president!

JamesBond's picture

The Okinawa Revolution Party is suggesting that Kagoshima Island be used to transfer Futenma marine base.



silverer's picture

So, we might just hear: "This is not a drill".

jldpc's picture

Simple solution: Boycott all Chinese goods and services. They are scum, and stole whatever the big corps didn't give them, not to mention all of the personal data on each one of you available online. They are the enemy - not our friends. Look what they are doing to all of the little countries around them. They are determined to rule the  world, slow but sure.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

How will we post to ZH without Chinese made goodies? 

ToSoft4Truth's picture

We can take China.  Pussy Truman stopped MacArthur.  So now we have to deal with China again. 

Vageling's picture

Probably, but see this from a modern day world perspective. The US will call on it's allies. And you think the rest of the world will stand there do nothing. They are part of the SCO. Russia ain't gonna sit by and do nothing. Crazy glorious leader Kim would gets his country killed by helping out. And nobody has to deal with anyone. This is just to show the vassal nations to keep placing their eggs in the US basket. As it looks like China took it upon themselves to police the South China sea. Why you think they are building those Islands. To farm?

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

exactly what is our interest in this area of sea..has china stopped one trade ship there??...I know warmonger Admiral's rage about it, but really how many china trade ships would be impacted by china doing anything to freedom of the seas there??? Manila may not like it and should make a deal with china on oil and such..but it does not impact the usa except so far as wild eyed warmongers looking for war.

fbazzrea's picture

you hit it on the head... this ruling was not about sovereignty but about rights to resources.

conraddobler's picture


Did someone say rimjob?

skinwalker's picture

I once knew this jewish chick who liked to get high and give me an absolutely exquisite rimjob.

fbazzrea's picture

here's a different perspective in yesterday's South China Morning Post.

worth a read to be fair...

PleasedToMeatYou's picture

Great link, fbazzrea!  Definitely worth the read.