US Navy Unable to Provoke China in South China SeaPosted: May 5, 2017 | |
New York Times says in its report “Trump’s Turn Toward China Curtails Navy Patrols in Disputed Zones” that US military wants to conduct freedom of navigation operation within 12 nautical miles of China’s artificial island but is not allowed by Trump administration.
In my previous posts, I described such freedom of navigation operation as stupid as the navy of a continuously rising China will grow much stronger than that of a continuously declining United States in the future. There may be a day in the future when China retaliates by sending its navy to conduct freedom of navigation operations within 12 nautical miles of US coast and threatens US national security.
New York Times says, “But Defense Department officials also said that Mr. Mattis and the Pentagon leadership wanted to look carefully at the strategic implications of such excursions on overall national security policy. While Mr. Mattis is far from opposed to the freedom of navigation trips, he is reviewing the American security posture around the world, Defense Department officials said.” Mattis is wiser than those US navy officers who want to conduct such operations near Chinese islands without consideration of the consequence.
China’s former navy chief Adm. Wu Shengli warned the US that there might be disasterous consequence of such operations. What the US navy will do if China sends a ship to crash on and sink the US warship when it conducts the operation. Is the US prepared to fight a war? China is prepared by building the artificial islands to ambush US navy with the fighter jets and missiles on them. Has the US enough aircraft carriers to fight China in the South China Sea where China has geographical advantage.
Such operations not only put US warships carrying the operations in danger but US homeland in danger in the future. Stupid US navy officers!
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on New York Times’ report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/world/asia/navy-south-china-sea.html?_r=0