Standoff in the South China Sea
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  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    It is best to go into negotiations from a position of strength. It is therefore best for the US to hang back and let the greedy and grasping Chinese over reach, so that their neighbors all have blood in their eye. Also, the Chinese are going into an economic crash, and time is on the American side as the longer we wait the weaker economically China will become, and with falling incomes in China increased social unrest will turn China’s focus inward. I see nothing to be gained by starting up negotiations at this time, and everything to be gained by waiting.

  • eon

    The People’s Liberation Army Navy, or PLAN, may indeed “surpass the capabilities” of most of its neighbors, but with the exception of one aircraft carrier of dubious actual usefulness (launching Su-27s from a ski-jump makes the Doolittle Raid launch look low-risk by comparison) and inadequate escorts, and one or two boomers that may or may not actually be operational (one in the water, the other as yet never officially commissioned), it’s a littoral warfare force, pure and simple.

    While probably adequate for controlling the waters within 100 km of the China coast, it isn’t even capable of amphibious operations against Taiwan, let alone force projection. Which China would need to make an issue of such things as the Spratley Islands, and their oil reserves, which is their real reason for trying to play “Cod War” with the Philippine Navy.

    Never mind what the U.S. Navy might do to them if asked by our friends in the area. They would be wise to worry about the Royal Australian Navy, The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (whose Kongo-class missile cruisers are basically second-flight Arleigh Burkes,some of the most effective surface combatants in the water today)- and for that matter, the Taiwanese Navy, which is about on a par with the JMSDF.

    Even a shark knows better than to tangle with a school of barracuda.



  • Anthony

    “The best case scenario, and the goal toward which Washington should be working, is an agreement on economic exploitation of and free navigation in the South China Sea.” The last three words say it all (South China Sea) and water makes offshore balancing difficult WRM. But, you’re correct our foreign policy must be cognizant of multiple countries using our alliance (shield) to antagonize China.

  • ricky svenson

    i m a investment banker & whenever we see risk we hedge our risks now in current case scenario, although i m no expert(we have to be aware of every thing & have opinions since being inv banker have to be aware of global happening & that also pertaining to china) well in ideal case scenario since USA is too over stretched the south china corridor can be protected by Japan / S. Korea Jointly since China alone will have problem facing these 2 Asian powers even militarily & further can take assistance from India in the region. Well, India is a very sound hedge against breast thumping China.

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