Is War Between U.S. And China Brewing In The South China Sea?

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Authored by James Holbrooks via,

Adding fuel to an already highly combustible situation in Southeast Asia, Reuters reported Tuesday that China has “largely completed major construction of military infrastructure on artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea,” and that the Asian superpower “can now deploy combat planes and other military hardware there at any time.”

Citing satellite imagery analyzed by the Asian Maritime Transparency Initiative, part of Washington, D.C.’s Center for Strategic and International Studies, the news agency writes that “work on Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reefs in the Spratly Islands included naval, air, radar and defensive facilities.”

Sticking to the mainstream narrative that China is an aggressor in claiming sovereign rights to the majority of the South China Sea, Pentagon spokesman Commander Gary Ross says the new images confirm what the U.S. military already knows.

“China’s continued construction in the South China Sea is part of a growing body of evidence that they continue to take unilateral actions which are increasing tensions in the region and are counterproductive to the peaceful resolution of disputes,” he told Reuters.

China, as it has repeatedly, downplayed this notion and stuck to the position that it’s simply erecting defensive infrastructure within its own borders, as would any nation.

“As for China deploying or not deploying necessary territorial defensive facilities on its own territory, this is a matter that is within the scope of Chinese sovereignty,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press briefing Tuesday.

Despite comments such as these — and the very real fact that China hasn’t actually invaded anyone — the corporate media jumped on the news of the new images.

Forbes, for instance, ran a piece that essentially listed all the reasons why China is a really bad actor in the region, and CNN talked to analysts who explained how the military buildup on the artificial islands will be gradual as China continues to exert its authoritarian influence over neighboring countries.

That’s the narrative. Believe as you will.

But the reality of the situation in the South China Sea - all geopolitical analysis aside - is that there’s about to be a hell of a lot of military hardware in those waters.

As Anti-Media has been reporting, U.S. forces are already in the region, taking part in joint drills with ally South Korea that will last until the end of April. Then, at the beginning of May, Japan — another U.S. ally — will sail its navy’s most powerful warship through the South China Sea on a three-month tour.

That means that just as the joint drills with South Korea end — which, incidentally, units from Delta Force, the Navy SEALS and Army Rangers are taking part in — Japan will shove off a warship aimed at waters claimed by China.

If that timing seems a little curious, also consider that the U.S. just deployed its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in South Korea, which both China and Russia cared none too much for.

With China showing no signs of backing away from its stance in the South China Sea — both ideologically and physically —  and with the corporate media willing and eager to push the “evil China” narrative that the U.S. military appears hell-bent on capitalizing on, it appears the long-dreaded collision course with China may, indeed, be not far off on the horizon.

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PoasterToaster's picture
PoasterToaster (not verified) Mar 30, 2017 8:08 PM

Does the CIA shit in the woods?

DaBard51's picture

Tsunami alert...



When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

old naughty's picture

what? you mean THEM don't live for a million years, or moar?

Check out



Hurricane Baby's picture

The only reason the US government did not nip those artificial Chinese islands in the bud a few years ago is because it planned on seizing and occupying them at some point. Better than dealing with squirrely foreign governments in the area.

small axe's picture

and from the elites of all nationalities and political persuasions comes a collective "About time!"

Time for them to get down to business, get the cogs of control in gear, and keep the serfs in their place (minus all the citizens who "pay the ulitimate price" to keep the jackals in power).


Is it the South China Sea or the America fukk yeah Sea?

Rjh's picture

Can I get A "FUKKK YEEEEEAH"????

I swear everyone one this site has turned into a Canadian since we got a real man in the White House

Xena fobe's picture

China has launched a huge PR campaign.  Some of them assigned to ZH I suppose.

directaction's picture

The Soviet Union will side with Red China.
Trump would be wise to back off, protect the USA rather than provoke the communists.  

sinbad2's picture

"The Soviet Union will side with Red China."

Wow that is so 1950's.

And communists have been extinct for decades.

TheEndIsNear's picture

Fuck it, maybe I've gone insane, but IF the Chinese intend to block off or otherwise impede international shipping lanes in the huge body of water they call the South China Sea (even though the Philippines and Vietnam have as much claim to it as China does), BLAST THE FUCKING CHINESE MILITARIZED REEFS OUT OF THE WATER and let the chips fall where they may! I'm sick of the suspense and the waiting. Besides, I'm too old to care much anymore. What's a few years more or less?

rejected's picture

"Fuck it, maybe I've gone insane"

Very possible.

You use the word 'IF'  in your post. Are you willing to put your children and everyone else to death for an 'IF'?

Thanks to the Americans giving the Chinese their manufacturing, China has become a major production country. What purpose would it serve for them to curb international shipping?

TheEndIsNear's picture

Not for an "IF" but for what comes after the "IF". What purpose is there for them to control international shipping? To show their power and to gain "face" in the world, or to charge tolls for passage, or prevent access to certain strategic ports in the area. Their declaration of territorial sovereign waters extending for 200 miles around a collection of reefs into what is international ocean is ludicrous. Is there nothing you think is worth fighting for?

Ecclesia Militans's picture

Because of their reliance on those sea lanes, Korea and Japan would have no choice but to move away from the US and towards China as a strategic ally.  After all, the US is waning in influence and importance to all nations in that region since the amount of trade with the US as an overall percentage of their total trade is at its lowest levels since the 1960s and just getting lower.

richsob's picture

If there was a God that hated Commies and truly wanted world peace, a Category 5 Typhoon would settle in over those islands for a couple of days.  Presto.  Nobody dies, a war is averted and who knows if they would be rebuilt?  But it hasn't happened and won't happen.  I'm getting too jaded for my own good but there are just too many instances where the best solution to a problem never happens.

HowdyDoody's picture

God could get better bang per buck by doing it over the US Pentagram, Langley, Washington, New York. And Podunk - nothing good has ever come out of Podunk.

Rjh's picture

I'm with you. All the pussies on this site complained that bathhouse Barry wasn't man enough and now those same cucks are crying about a war getting started with a bunch of slanteyed dogeaters who wouldn't know empathy if it hit them in the face. Let's get it over with already.

Ace Ventura's picture

Right hurry on down to your local recruiters office and enlist. Dont be a pussy now!

Xena fobe's picture

I'm over the age limit to enlist but would try anyway.

TeraByte's picture

Try to do it and aircraft carriers get a sudden, urgent appointment with the bottom of the South China Sea.
It a blind madness to make new enemies, when you already have made so many others and unable to cope with these.

East Indian's picture

Since the last Word War, the Christian Minimalist Government and the Central Plan Slave Farm Government have exchanged places.

whatsupdoc's picture

How long would it take for a US carrier to sink?

Let's take bets ...

I sure hope there's a video of it.

skinwalker's picture

Given how advanced missiles have become, it is likely that aircraft carriers are now obsolete.

They are too slow and unmaneuverable.

After all, how does a 1,000' long object travlleing at 30 knots evade a 12' wide object going Mach 18? Or for that matter, 20 such objects? What if these objects are skimming the waves at the time?

francis scott falseflag's picture


They may be obsolete, but the navy is warehousing a lot of expensive equipment aboard them.

Not to mention around 5000 service men and women.


If one gets sunk, the US looses bigly.



What if these objects are skimming the waves at the time?


That's why Sherman called war "HELL"

83_vf_1100_c's picture

The sailors will be taking video with their iphones as the water risez over their heads.

rejected's picture

4-5000 men on one of those targets. Great for fighting the Houthi in Yemen or bombing sandboxes but todays wars will be with highly accurate missiles. I'm sure the US has decent anti-missile systems but can they handle swarms of twenty or thirty incoming from different directions? Hope so but, I doubt it.

The A/C carrier in the next war will be like the Battleship in WWII.

Caleb Abell's picture

Even if the anti-missile systems worked (which they don't), a carrier battle group has a finite number of those missiles.  Chinese anti-ship missiles are land based, so there is no limit to the number of missiles that can be launched.

Happily, the crews won't experience much pain because the nuclear warheads will bring death almost instantaneously.

Nexus789's picture

They are land, sea surface, air and submarine launched. Many outside the range of defensive systems.

Caleb Abell's picture

With a Chinese nuclear tipped dong feng missile?  Less than a minute, with all hands.  Plus all of the other ships in the carrier battle group.

But there is a silver lining.  While carrier battle groups are worthless money pits and floating cemeteries in a confrontation with a real enemy, if we fight WW2 again, and the Japanese attack pearl harbor again, our aircraft carriers will win the day.

Savyindallas's picture

Trump is a fool for bringing all these Neocon warmongers into his cabinet. I was a big Trump supporter. I'm seriously having my doubts right now. Is he an establishment mole? Did they buy him off with the $20 billiuon bribe some have suggested? Did they make him an offer he could not refuse? I'm also having some serious doubts about Bannon. Hope I am wrong. It's still early. 

francis scott falseflag's picture

Dude, it's only the bottom of the fourth.  Plenty of time left.

Rjh's picture

I pray every night that we start up a big war with China and put them in their place. I enjoy being part of the strongest country on earth and want it to continue that way. Starting this war (no matter how it ends) will be probably one of the few things I could agree with actually having a chance of coming to fruition from this administration. The rest of the shit Trump sold during his running was just lip service. 

The great thing about death is that it comes and it's over and done with before you can think about it. The big struggle that comes before death is called life. Suck it up. It hasn't been all bad. Let's spin the cylinder and pull the trigger a few times, you bunch of whiny pussies.

Rjh's picture

I forgot to add... To anyone who downvotes me, send me your PayPal address and I'll send a few bucks your way to help fund the monthly negro rental you make so he can fuck your wife since obviously you're not man enough to give it to her right

TeraByte's picture

Do you think he had much choice. He is constantly undermined by the both sides of the poltics and the only support he may count on comes from the military after the 54B donation. Walking on a tight rope must an easier balancing act than his.

.300WinMag's picture

Agreed. However it is a fine line. To shift away from Globalism means to shift away from Kissenger and One China, balance trade, and restore a manufacturing base in the US. All at a loss to China - who is holding a lot of paper. Potentially they may reach a crossroads - they currently have the momentum and would lose it if Globalism dies, however their MIL isn't ready.

For the MIC / NeoCons, it is too juicy not to try and grab ahold of.

Problem is, it is a zero sum game. From the press it would seem that China's squeal point is pretty shallow. One is for sure - culturally going from outdoor to indoor plumbing, periods of famine to a steady meal plan, and then being faced with regressing - is a different mindset than the average marshmellow in  'Murica today. Gonna be a slow boat ride from China to the US - may as well throw a few nuke salvos at the West Coast before you pull up the anchor and set sail. BTW - by tonnage China has the #2 commercial shipping fleet in the world. Gee...wonder if those could carry troops and material?

83_vf_1100_c's picture

My grandpa used to tell me invest in real estate cause land is the one they ain't making more of. Never saw this coming.

brown_hornet's picture


<<<<war first with the dragon

<<<<war first with the bear

rejected's picture

Well, I have to say the US government is ballsy. Taking on China and Russia. I doubt the American Sheaple are smart enough to stop it before it starts. Took them 54,000 dead in Vietnam, 56,000 in Korea and lost both for all practical purposes before they considered stopping their warmongering government. Probably another 10,000 in the last gaggle of ME, Africa and South Asian wars. And now they're going for the grand prize.

Wonder how many will have to die, assuming the world isn't destroyed, before they finally demand their government stop. Of course the other side may not want to stop.

Americans,,, wars never work out as planned and there are no hedges.

HowdyDoody's picture

But both were good for US coporations, and that is all that matters.

DEMIZEN's picture

I would worry more about myanmar than south china sea. chinese are not stupid they will not provoke a war where the declining US is the strongest, there is no need for a direct confrontation at sea for china. I am sure they would respond adequately if poked in the AI area. 


Navy is like a fucking cavalry in 1939 , good for the peace parades only.   I watch myanmar and NK these hotspots are more likely to pop first.

aloha_snakbar's picture

I wish we could go to war with SOMEONE so the CIA can stop rattling their sabers... must be exhausting, and lonely, like the Maytag repairman...

Teja's picture

I hear Grenada is rattling its sabre (they have only one) again. About time to teach them another lesson!

European American's picture

I suspect massive amounts of OIL are inder the sea, there.

johand inmywallet's picture

No, there are only 2 other countries that may challenge Chinese expansion, America and Russia. The Chinese have been pushing buttons fast and furious to set up new controls in the south China Sea. They will eventually take hold of Australia if not kept in check and many other soverign nations. An island is a test, they build it then they say what are you going to do about it/ America blows the fucker up!! Then sit back and say, what are you going to do about it. China either launches attacks against Taiwan, SK, or backs off. They will not go nuclear, they will go down badly.

But if left unchecked, in 10 years, we have big, big problems that will make pearl harbor look like a schoolyard scratch!

I do not want conflict, they seek to push conflict.  America had plans to do the same thing to those reefs, but backed off 20 years ago.

Savyindallas's picture

seriously-I think it's someone else's problem. I'm more concerned about the traitor's within that use us for their Globalist agenda while bankrupting us and making us debt slaves, while corrupting our morals, destroying our culture and flooding us with tens of millions of leagal and illegal immigrants so they can dilute us, and play their divide and conquer strategy -fighting amongst ourseleves, while they consolidate their power and pit different groups of hyphenated Americans against each other. 

unsafe-space-time's picture

Hurry the hell up. I need some nice global EMPs. EMP=FREEDOM

RevIdahoSpud3's picture

A news item in recent week showed that at the end of WWII China was given United Nations/International affirmation that the islands in question actually belonged to China and were part of their sphere. Of course, Japan was the newly defeated bad guy at the time and extreme prejudice prevailed against them. As a conquered nation Japan was decades away from economic parity in the world and was not so much a partner but a vassal to the US. Becoming No. 1 friend and economic trading partner to America changed the paradiam regarding them . In the meantime, MAO led China to a coordinated pact with Russia who were the bad guys and each became the antagonists the MIC needed to justify their existence. At this point, in China's development, it seems like both the US and China each have a tit in the wringer as the saying goes since the trade/debt relationship between countries is a death nell to each economically if the relationship ends.

Another irony is the US military relies on Chinese manufacturing for much of its parts infrastructure. This connection seems to be lost on TPTB. On the other hand it is beneficial to each country to label the other as the boogeyman so their respective populations look past the shortfalls they live with.