US Navy Unable to Provoke China in South China Sea


The Chancellorsville, a United States guided missile cruiser, in the Luzon Strait after a patrol of the South China Sea last year. Credit: Bryan Denton for The New York Times

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

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7 Comments on “US Navy Unable to Provoke China in South China Sea”

  1. […] “US Navy Unable to Provoke China in South China Sea” […]

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  2. johnleecan says:

    With America’s almost 20 trillion dollars debt, the American elites will advocate war because it is how they earn their billions, destroy other countries economies and falsely think their debt can be write off. With China rising incredibly fast in almost all fields and with China and Russia planning to use a gold backed currency, America is very focused on destroying China. Why the sudden testing of America’s nukes? Is there going to be a preemptive nuclear strike on China? Is America going to say they were targeting North Korea but instead there’s a computer glitch that made the incorrect coordinates that targeted China? Just like their fake reason of using an outdated map when they bomb the Chinese embassy in Belgrade.

    China should be prepared NOT to listen to reason when attacked by nukes. It is imperative to retaliate, destroy, invade and declare its territory any country that attack it with nukes.

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  3. Steve says:

    Excellent Post – Agree, not only are US navy officers Stupid, but it’s instigated by the Pentagonic Scoundrels.

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  4. Fre Okin says:

    For FONOP to originate from PACOM Harris smells fishy, instigated by Abe to serve Japan’s interest. It simply means this tail is trying to wag the head to serve his Japanese master instead of US interest.

    Why should FON be ‘requested’ by this tail? It should be from the Pentagon or White House. It is very clear admiral harris is serving Japan, not US interest as he is playing the Game of Go to help his Japanese master Abe to distract China from Diaoyu/Senkaku. He even make the loudest noise about attacking N Korea hoping to distract China from Diaoyu/Senkaku.

    Trump is smart to only put on a show of military cooperation with Japan by allowing this Japanese mole to bark while not allowing FONOP to take place as it serve no useful purpose in US China relationship. Trump is basically making Abe feel like a fool, like a donkey never to get a taste of the food hanging in front of him.

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  5. Joseph says:

    Provoking China on SCS? With what? American sole operational carrier in the Pacific the USS Carl Vinson is busy multi-tasking between North Korea, Indonesian mining dispute and visits to spoiled allies. It hardly has time to do its primary mission in the SCS, which it apparently avoided to prevent being chased out by Chinese navy. So much for nine-aircraft carrier country. Even Japanese showcase helicopter carrier is now being asked to fill up the hole in the Vinson battlegroup. US navy now is looking more like a rebel alliance fleet from Star Wars francise, with so many countries including Japan, Australia and France, are being asked to fill the battlegroup’s hole. Even Australian former foreign minister Bob Carr has openly stated that the American pivot to Asia is over, and the SCS is now more inherently Chinese than before the pivot.

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    • Gon says:

      You hardly hear of any news about U.S. carrier groups for many years now. Perhaps what is being said is true : Almost all the 10 or more U.S. carriers have been beached, taken out of “mothball” once in a while and only one at a time.

      It has probably become to expensive and too heavy a financial burden to have that many carriers cruising around the world’s oceans 365 days a year and for what purpose? Round-the-world-cruise for its sailors, all expenses paid? And that’s not counting the carrier group’s support ships and their sailors too.

      So, with that kind of costs containment, “patrolling” the SCS is just more fake news and fear propaganda. What more starting a fight there which will not only blow your military budget but your ‘house-of-cards” economy into oblivion instantly. And the world’s along with it.

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