The Chinese have built some pretty impressive man made islands near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Efforts began in December 2013 to create a massive swath of nearly 3,000 acres worth of Chinese artificial islands and they are not fucking around, look at these things:
Now the problem with this is that China hasn’t constructed these Islands to build luxury resorts on them that will offer free scuba lessons if you stay more than three nights. They are heavily militarizing them to lay claim to international waters that essentially encompasses a large portion of the South China Sea.
This could potentially develop into one of the largest land disputes our generation has ever seen as Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan, and the Philippines all have overlapping claims on the designated territory. Over $5 trillion dollars in trade passes through this area every year and you’d have to be naïve to think that this wasn’t a calculated move on Chinas part.
So what does the United States have to say about this? President Barrack Obama has already lamented his apprehensions over this to the Chinese President Xi Jinping, claiming he had “significant concerns” when the Chinese President visited in late September.
Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of the U.S Pacific fleet has also expressed concern over the militarization of the islands and wants to initiate a “big-dick-swinging operation” which entails sailing several battle ships within twelve miles of the disputed Chinese Islands. This operation seems imminent as Josh Earnest, the white house press secretary held a press conference today reiterating that President Obama and the U.S believes in “freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.”
Now the real question is do the Chinese have a legitimate claim over the disputed international waters? Does the United States have a right to interfere in this dispute? And most importantly, how far can this dispute actually escalate?
All I know is that this is some crazy shit that we aint evah seen before and that it’s going to be very interesting to see what happens in the coming days.