Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Word War: Laying the Predicate by Erick San Juan

Word War: Laying the Predicate by Erick San Juan

Maintaining peace and stability in the world’s busiest sea lane, the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea, is once again put to a test on how the G2 (China and US) could manage to keep the region peaceful. After the US destroyer USS Lassen (sail-past) entered what China claims as a 12-mile or 21-kilometer territorial limit around Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands archipelago, a group of reefs, islets, and atolls, word war has started again.

According to reports, China's naval commander told his U.S. counterpart that a minor incident could spark war in the South China Sea if the United States will not stop its "provocative acts" in the disputed waterway, the Chinese navy said on Friday.

Admiral Wu Shengli made the comments to U.S. chief of naval operations Admiral John Richardson during a video teleconference on Thursday, according to a Chinese naval statement.

The two officers held talks after a U.S. warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of one of Beijing's man-made islands in the contested Spratly archipelago on Tuesday.

China has rebuked Washington over the patrol, the most significant U.S. challenge yet to territorial limits China effectively claims around its seven artificial islands in one of the world's busiest sea lanes.

"If the United States continues with these kind of dangerous, provocative acts, there could well be a seriously pressing situation between frontline forces from both sides on the sea and in the air, or even a minor incident that sparks war," the statement paraphrased Wu as saying.

"I hope the U.S. side cherishes the good situation between the Chinese and U.S. navies that has not come easily and avoids these kind of incidents from happening again," Wu said. (Reuters)

China has been reminding the US and the rest of the world that any miscalculation can trigger a conflict in the South China Sea and will surely drag other countries as alliances are already in place. Just like in the past world wars where allies are used as cannon fodders and worst, being short changed in the end.

Sounds familiar? We had our bitter share of history and loss of precious lives should be the top consideration if ever history be repeated. I have been reminding our leaders to be wise enough and stop kowtowing to a perceived master to avoid a one way ticket to hell.

There is no point to ever rely on the US military to defend us if ever our country will be confronted by an external force especially China on the issue of sovereignty over disputed areas.

According to a statement posted on the Chinese Foreign Ministry website, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, “The Chinese side strongly urges the American side to take China’s solemn representations seriously, put right the mistakes, refrain from any dangerous or provocative actions detrimental to China’s sovereignty and security interests, and honor its commitment of not taking sides on disputes over territorial sovereignty so as to avoid any further damage to China-US relations and regional peace and stability.”

It is very clear here that the US has committed to China  and  it will not take sides in the territorial disputes so 'WTF' that our leaders are still hallucinating that Uncle Sam will come to the rescue if ever China attacks us?

Pundits believe that this 'moro-moro' ( secret arrangement to justify a scenario) between US and China are all for a show and that the operation being done in the SCS is just a bait to drag us into a conflict with China. Of course we will not win, presto, a long time secret plan that China will take Luzon and parts of the south where minerals are in abundance as prelude in retaking Taiwan.

The mere fact that the so-called military modernization being pushed by the Aquino government only boils down to buying more vintage and museum grade military hardware from the US.

Such posturing lead to militarization and the threatened Chinese will retaliate but it is actually a proxy war. Will our defeat be the payment for all the US debt to China?  A scenario that is not farfetched if we know how the great Big Brother works.

We have to wake up and confront this sweet dream-turning into nightmare posturing of Uncle Sam or we will be doomed without us knowing what hit us.

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