The People's Republic of China flag and the U.S. Stars and Stripes fly along Pennsylvania Avenue near the U.S. Capitol in Washington during Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit, January 18, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Hyungwon Kang
Seth Cropsey, Real Clear Politics: Is Naval Conflict With China Inevitable?
This week, President Obama is making his final trip to Asia. With the presidential election looming, it is the right time to reflect on Obama’s foreign policy, and to think about what is to come. A key component of the next president’s foreign policy must be to compel China to respect international law. Otherwise, we may be faced by a conflict with a growing navy at a time when ours is decreasing in size. Obama has not made this imperative any easier.
On July 12 an international tribunal at The Hague found that China possessed neither an historic claim over disputed islands in the South China Sea nor a legal basis for sovereign claims over its waters. On the same day Beijing landed civilian aircraft on two of the three reefs—Subi and Mischief—that China has turned into armed islands. This gives China three working runways in the disputed Spratly Islands the nearest of which is 600 miles from China.
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Update: Former Deputy Undersecretary of US Navy Predicts War with China is 'Inevitable' (Sputnik).
WNU Editor: China's goal has always been to be the regional super-power in Asia .... and they have made it very clear in the past few years that they are not going to back down from this objective. Will this inevitably lead to China becoming embroiled in a conflict with one its neighbours .... probably. Will this involve a country that has signed security guarantees with the U.S. .... also probably. Will this mean a possible U.S. - China conflict .... for the moment that is what is probably stopping China from enforcing its territorial demands by using its military .... but as the U.S. role and importance in Asia continues to decline, I expect anything will then be possible.