The Coming War In the South China Sea

Uncategorized May 21, 2016 War Is Boring 0

PLA Navy carrier battle group in formation in South China sea. Simon Yang photo via Flickr The contested territory is a powder keg by MATTHEW GAULT Of...
PLA Navy carrier battle group in formation in South China sea. Simon Yang photo via Flickr

The contested territory is a powder keg

by MATTHEW GAULT

Of all the potential powder kegs on earth, none is more precarious than the South China Sea. Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines all have claims there. China builds artificial islands to reinforce its claims and the U.S. Navy patrols nearby.

The various militaries have brushed by each other in the water and in the air. “The Chinese people do not want to have war,” Chinese vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin said Thursday. “We will be opposed to [the] U.S. if it stirs up any conflict … if the Korean War or Vietnam War are replayed, then we will have to defend ourselves.”

This week on War College, we talk to U.S. Naval War College professor James Holmes about the South China Sea, China’s artificial islands and the entangling alliances that may lead to war.

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