China has been toying with everything from man-made islands to what some have perceived as hostile actions in the South China Sea. They have even made some of the nations who conduct traffic in the area and who they do business with uneasy. Now, Chinese forces have demanded that the United States “leave immediately” while they were legally in the area, a series of requests that pilots ignored, as A.O.L. News has confirmed.
It should be noted that this is not Uncle Sam parading around in another nation’s waters (as Russia is often accused of doing to America). Rather, these are supposed to be international waters, and what China appears to be doing is trying to erase that fact. The U.S. military under President Donald Trump, however, does not back down.
A US Navy P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane soared by what is called “China’s garrisons in the Spratly Islands” as CNN reporters were given “a view of Chinese militarization in the region.” Nothing seems to anger communist China more than the truth being seen, after all.
The U.S. boldly took the crew over “the Mischief Reef, Johnson Reef, Fiery Cross Reef, and Subi Reef.” As it happened, the reporters saw “large radar installations, power plants, and runways sturdy enough to carry large military aircraft.” Needless to say, none of these things have any business being placed on international waterways.
At one location, “onboard sensors detected 86 vessels, including a number of Chinese Coast Guard ships.” This is hardly a small matter since the Business Insider has reported that “China has been known to use” these systems “to strongarm other claimant countries.”
Lt. Lauren Callen led the Navy crew and observed that it was “surprising to see airports in the middle of the ocean.” It would appear that the Chinese are insisting on claiming that these swaths of water are part of their airspace, “an argument an international arbitration tribunal ruled against two years ago.”
Upon being flown over, China’s military clearly announced, “leave immediately and keep out to avoid any misunderstanding,” but was ignored. CNN wrote that six warnings were given and the Chinese got the same reply each and every time: “I am a sovereign immune U.S. naval aircraft conducting lawful military activities beyond the national airspace of any coastal state.”
The crew also added, “In exercising these rights guaranteed by international law, I am operating with due regard for the rights and duties of all states.”
This is hardly shocking since the Chinese tried to show some muscle to the Philippines, too. They were also told to “leave immediately. I am warning you again, leave immediately, or you will pay the possible consequences.”
“Our ships and aircraft have observed an increase in radio queries that appear to originate from new land-based facilities in the South China Sea,” admitted Cmdr. Clay Doss, a representative for the U.S. 7th Fleet. “These communications do not affect our operations.”
The worry is that China is using “deployments of military equipment and weapons systems, such as jamming technology, anti-ship cruise missiles, and surface-to-air missiles” in an area that they do not have the right to take over.
What may not have been expected is that President Donald Trump’s military is not about to back down from a tin horn dictator who feels that he has the right to take up the entire Orient.