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(1,586 posts)
Thu Apr 23, 2020, 10:15 AM Apr 2020

U.S. Warships Enter Disputed Waters of South China Sea as Tensions With China Escalate

Source: New York Times

American warships have sailed into disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to military analysts, heightening a standoff in the waterway and sharpening the rivalry between the United States and China, even as much of the world is in lockdown because of the coronavirus.

The America, an amphibious assault ship, and the Bunker Hill, a guided missile cruiser, entered contested waters off Malaysia. At the same time, a Chinese government ship in the area has for days been tailing a Malaysian state oil company ship carrying out exploratory drilling. Chinese and Australian warships have also powered into nearby waters, according to the defense experts.

Despite working to control a pandemic that spread from China earlier this year, Beijing has not reduced its activities in the South China Sea, a strategic waterway through which one-third of global shipping flows. Instead, the Chinese government’s yearslong pattern of assertiveness has only intensified, military analysts said.

“It’s a quite deliberate Chinese strategy to try to maximize what they perceive as being a moment of distraction and the reduced capability of the United States to pressure neighbors,” said Peter Jennings, a former Australian defense official who is the executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/21/world/asia/coronavirus-south-china-sea-warships.html

I came across this because my nephew is on the Bunker Hill.
U.S. Warships Enter Disputed Waters of South China Sea as Tensions With China Escalate (Original Post) Marrah_Goodman Apr 2020 OP
Of course,nothing else in Trumps election clown car is working.......... Bengus81 Apr 2020 #1
Let's see ... Igel Apr 2020 #11
Distraction and Disaster Capitalism McKim Apr 2020 #2
You're blaming "disaster capitalism" for china's atttempts an annexing neighboring territories? mathematic Apr 2020 #6
Would you accept "Disaster Communism" diverdownjt Apr 2020 #12
Ok, then, how about "disaster imperialism"? JustABozoOnThisBus Apr 2020 #13
The turd doesn't take a shit without getting permission from Vlad and Xi. not_the_one Apr 2020 #16
Of course, Miguelito Loveless Apr 2020 #3
This is mostly China's doing, and we'd likely be doing this even if Clinton was president now Sapient Donkey Apr 2020 #15
Trump's Regime Newest Reality Apr 2020 #4
This highlights RRDrummer Apr 2020 #5
The Orange Dude Kaiserguy Apr 2020 #8
Not even really RRDrummer Apr 2020 #9
Fuck China and their 9-Dash Line claims Devil Child Apr 2020 #7
+1. The South China Sea belongs to China dalton99a Apr 2020 #10
China is just being a bully as normal ripcord Apr 2020 #14


(34,635 posts)
11. Let's see ...
Thu Apr 23, 2020, 01:36 PM
Apr 2020

Since early March

the Houthi have come out in support of Hamas and Hezbollah in calling for Israel's destruction

China's bullied a few countries they share maritime borders with and even managed to ram one of their ships and encroach on another's airspace

Iran's been busy in the Persian Gulf

Venezuela even managed to have its coast guard crash into a cruise ship.

It's a good thing that those countries have nothing in common, otherwise it might sound like a consistent trait.


(2,412 posts)
2. Distraction and Disaster Capitalism
Thu Apr 23, 2020, 10:29 AM
Apr 2020

A convenient distraction, a bone for his supporters and an opportunity to further his agenda in The Fog of the Pandemic!


(1,402 posts)
6. You're blaming "disaster capitalism" for china's atttempts an annexing neighboring territories?
Thu Apr 23, 2020, 12:04 PM
Apr 2020

That seems like quite a stretch. Stop carrying water for the Chinese government. They're not your friends.


(698 posts)
12. Would you accept "Disaster Communism"
Thu Apr 23, 2020, 05:36 PM
Apr 2020

It's the same concept...When everyone is looking here do something bad over there.
Very few people have the attention span to watch 2-3 things at a time.

Yeah...I just invented it...Naomi...here is the theme for your next book.


(23,132 posts)
13. Ok, then, how about "disaster imperialism"?
Fri Apr 24, 2020, 05:09 PM
Apr 2020

It seems that China is taking advantage of the world's attention on (China's?) coronavirus to expand its military presence in the western Pacific seas.

And why not? The U.S. didn't take any serious action when Russia seized the Crimean peninsula and other bits of Ukraine territory.



(2,227 posts)
16. The turd doesn't take a shit without getting permission from Vlad and Xi.
Sat Apr 25, 2020, 12:27 PM
Apr 2020

He CERTAINLY doesn't want to piss either of them off. They have to much power over him.

This is carefully choreographed, scripted drama. There is probably a nudge, nudge, wink, wink that we don't get to see.

THEY give their approval, and it is red meat to his base. Win/Win.

Miguelito Loveless

(4,404 posts)
3. Of course,
Thu Apr 23, 2020, 10:34 AM
Apr 2020

because what we need is a clash with China. He's going from "wag the dog" to "wag the whole bloody pack".

Sapient Donkey

(1,568 posts)
15. This is mostly China's doing, and we'd likely be doing this even if Clinton was president now
Sat Apr 25, 2020, 12:21 PM
Apr 2020

This freedom of navigation stuff in the South China Sea has been an ongoing things, even when Obama was in office.

Newest Reality

(12,712 posts)
4. Trump's Regime
Thu Apr 23, 2020, 10:36 AM
Apr 2020

General Trump's Regime is just as, (if not more so) busy messing around with other countries and messing up ours as they pretend to be doing such a great job on the pandemic in their opinion.

This is the time to keep an eye open on alternative media that reports on that even in the midst of a major distraction. A distraction that makes it easier for dictators to get away with even more.

There are plenty resources available for the shenanigans, but there seem to be shortages for a crisis. Go figure.



(32 posts)
5. This highlights
Thu Apr 23, 2020, 10:50 AM
Apr 2020

my personal biggest fear for the crisis. WWIII with China. The orange dude in charge ain’t up to the task.


(740 posts)
8. The Orange Dude
Thu Apr 23, 2020, 12:10 PM
Apr 2020

isn't up to waging war on Grenada. Hopefully the cooler heads in the military tell him to go pound sand.



(32 posts)
9. Not even really
Thu Apr 23, 2020, 12:26 PM
Apr 2020

speaking to his intellectual capacity regarding the waging of war but rather his ability to navigate complex international relations during a time of historical crisis in such a way that doesn’t implode resulting in WWIII and the end of the world. He’s just not qualified to do much of anything let alone safely find his way through the current minefield of China relations.


Devil Child

(2,728 posts)
7. Fuck China and their 9-Dash Line claims
Thu Apr 23, 2020, 12:09 PM
Apr 2020

Nothing more than baseless resource grabs and imperialist expansion. I’d be quite happy with their navy rusting on the ocean floor.


(79,124 posts)
10. +1. The South China Sea belongs to China
Thu Apr 23, 2020, 12:41 PM
Apr 2020

because the Arabian Sea belongs to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf of Mexico belongs to Mexico


(4,663 posts)
14. China is just being a bully as normal
Fri Apr 24, 2020, 07:21 PM
Apr 2020

President Obama understood the need to stand up to these strong arm robbers but too many here freak out at denying China anything they want to steal. I'm tired of the people saying we mustn't upset China they are the modern day versions of Neville Chamberlain.

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