China playing chicken with the US
Vessels from the US military and other countries increasingly find themselves in high-stakes confrontations on the East Asian seas, where China has adopted a strategy of making rivals flinch or risk collision.
China expands its reach by playing chicken with the US military
War by other means: As China attempts to wrest control of the South China Sea, the US is forced to flinch or crash.
As anyone who has seen “Rebel Without a Cause” knows, playing chicken is dangerous for California teenagers in hot-rods.
But playing chicken with warships, cruisers, and fighter jets — well, that’s just another level of crazy.
Unfortunately, vessels from the US military and from other countries increasingly find themselves in such high-stakes confrontations on the East Asian seas, where China has adopted a strategy of making rivals flinch or risk collision.
Just this week, Chinese sailors parked three ships on a disputed reef 50 miles from the Malaysian coast and performed a ceremony in which they swore an oath “to safeguard [China’s] sovereignty and territorial interests.” Malaysia also claims the reef, and is building a naval base nearby to protect it against China’s claim.
That’s just the latest in an escalating series of incidents.
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Source: Global Post.