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New Defense Shield Could Spark Conflict in South China Sea Very Soon

By Ian Greenhalgh on June 3, 2016 The war drums seem to be beating ever more loudly in many places around the world, these are interesting t... thumbnail 1 summary
By Ian Greenhalgh on June 3, 2016

The war drums seem to be beating ever more loudly in many places around the world, these are interesting times and as the old Chinese curse goes 'may you be cursed to live in interesting times'.

This is the latest development in an on-going and frankly, quite worrying series of events in the South China Sea; worrying because there is a growing aggression being displayed and bellicose rhetoric being spouted by the USA.

China will not allow itself to be pushed around or dictated to by a Western power. In China no-one has forgotten the 19th century when Western powers humiliated and dominated China; they will not willingly allow that to ever happen again and are very well armed and equipped to resist forcibly.

To my eyes, there are many parallels between the situation in the sea off China and the situation in the Donbass region on the border of Ukraine and Russia. In both the USA and it’s Western allies are treating a superpower with a good deal of aggression and provocation while the Western media demonises that superpower. The superpowers in question, Russia and China, are both more than capable of defending themselves militarily; in both conventional and nuclear terms the USA is playing with fire and that should be of concern to the entire world - Ian Greenhalgh

Sputnik News:

New Defense Shield Could Spark Conflict in South China Sea Very Soon

Commenting on China’s recent announcement on its readiness to implement an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea pending further US moves in the area, one military expert told Radio Sputnik, that in case Beijing proceeds with its plans, it could spark a very serious conflict in the South China Sea.

“It is known only too well, that American, Japanese and South Korean jets continuously annoy China by flying into airspace very close to its borders. It means that an argument on the ground is currently growing into an argument in the air, and it escalates the situation even further,” military expert Viktor Baranets told Sputnik

 “In order to add weight to its claims for the disputed islands and to send a “military message” to all those who do not agree with the Chinese territorial policy in the region, Beijing has decided to cover the area with a missile defense ‘umbrella’, a serious cooling signal for those who are trying to object to its claims and which lifts the argument into the air space,” Baranets added.

However, the expert noted, the move, in turn, will cause serious annoyance to the US and its allies.

“This ‘umbrella’ is a serious step and I think that the US and its allies will not support the move. These actions might spark a serious conflict in the region very soon,” said the military expert.

“Thanks to China’s recent purchasing of very up-to-date missile defense complexes from Russia and because it has their own developments in the missile defense and even anti-satellite spheres, the Chinese can warn against entering in that area by sea or by air,” Baranets said.

He also noted that this should force the US, Japanese and South Koreans to sit down at the negotiating table. Otherwise a regional conflict could spark, which very possibly could lead to an international conflict.

On Wednesday, the South China Morning Post citing sources close to the People’s Liberation Army, reported that Beijing is ready to impose an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea in case the US continues its “provocative” actions in the area.

“If the US military keeps making provocative moves to challenge China’s sovereignty in the region, it will give Beijing a good opportunity to declare an ADIZ in the South China Sea,” the newspaper quotes one of its sources as saying without revealing his name.

Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands, part of China’s land reclamation work in the South China sea
The revelation come ahead of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, a security forum attended by defense officials from various nations, including Admiral Sun Jianguo and US Secretary of  Defense Ash Carter. Disputes in the South China Sea are expected to head the agenda of the three-day event, which starts on Friday.

Top Chinese and US officials are also set to meet next week for their annual strategic and economic dialogue in Beijing.

“Regarding when to declare such a zone, it will depend on whether China is facing security threats from the air, and what the level of the air safety threat is,” the country’s defense ministry said in a statement sent to the newspaper.

China set up its first ADIZ in the East China Sea in November 2013 to cover the Diaoyu Islands, which Japan calls the Senkakus. Both countries claim the uninhabited outcrops but Tokyo controls them. The ADIZ triggered a backlash from Japan, South Korea and the US.

Tensions between China and neighbors Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines over sovereignty in the South China Sea have risen since Beijing embarked on major land reclamation work on the disputed islands and reefs in the area.

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