May 19, 2020

Cold War with China

Timothy Birdnow

The U.S. Navy is deploying her submarine forces to Asia.

From the American Military News article:

The Navy recently has maintained a flotilla of warships in the Western Pacific as a show of force and proof that COVID-19 hasn’t significantly degraded its capabilities, with the United States and China long trading barbs over military activities in the South China Sea and increasingly so over each other’s pandemic response.

China has been accused of intensifying its occupation of man-made islands and bullying other nations in the region while much of the world has been focused on the pandemic.

Geopolitical intelligence platform Stratfor said that the U.S. and China have maintained a "robust operational pace in the South China Sea” amid heightening tensions and COVID-19 — signs that point to continued escalation after the virus wanes.

When the Navy advertises the presence of its usually unseen submarines, it’s often to make a point with an adversary. The Navy released a photo of the Los Angeles-class sub Alexandria transiting Apra Harbor in Guam on May 5.

As the U.S. military addresses COVID-19 at home, "we remain focused on our national security missions around the world,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the same day.

"Many countries have turned inward to recover from the pandemic, and in the meantime our strategic competitors are attempting to exploit this crisis to their benefit at the expense of others,” Esper said.

He accused the Chinese Communist Party of ramping up a "disinformation campaign” to shift blame for the virus and burnish its image. All the while, "we continue to see aggressive behavior by the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) in the South China Sea, from threatening a Philippine navy ship to sinking a Vietnamese fishing boat and intimidating other nations from engaging in offshore oil and gas development.”

Esper said two Navy ships conducted freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea the week before "to send a clear message to Beijing that we continue to protect freedom of navigation and commerce for all nations large and small.”

The guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill conducted a "FONOP” in the Spratly Islands, and the destroyer USS Barry sailed twice through the Taiwan Strait and through the Paracel Islands in disputed territory that China claims as its own.

"These provocative acts by the U.S. side … have seriously violated China’s sovereignty and security interests, deliberately increased regional security risks and could easily trigger an unexpected incident,” the South China Morning Post quoted a Chinese military command saying after the Barry’s Paracel passage.

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has been sidelined in Guam since late March after experiencing an outbreak of the new coronavirus among its 4,800-member crew.

U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor has been quick to note the ongoing deployment of other assets in the region, including transits of the South China Sea by the littoral combat ship USS Gabrielle Giffords, the destroyer USS Rafael Peralta sailing in the East China Sea and the destroyer USS McCampbell passing through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday.

I think we are now in a cold war with China, and this is going to only get worse as time passes. The Chinese are not going to let their dreams of power go without a fight.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at 09:35 AM | Comments (9) | Add Comment
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1 Let's see... "Dreams of power." How many military bases does China have in how many nations across the globe, other than in China? Zero. How many does the US have? Approximately 800 in 74 nations.

How many Chinese ships are cruising in US waters? Right, zero. The article cites a whole herd of US ships cruising in Chinese waters. But, you claim, they aren't really Chinese waters. That may or may not be, but our ships are where they are and their ships are not where we are. Who is the aggressor?

Posted by: Bill H at May 19, 2020 02:52 PM (vMiSr)

2 Well I don't know Bill, maybe ask the tens of thousands of dead from Coronavirus who the aggressor is. Increasingly that disease appears to be a Chinese import...

BTW we were patrolling those waters since the end of WWII, when we were acting as China's protector. We continue to be a protector - but of Japan, S. Korea, and Taiwan. And as for your assertion that they aren't in our backyard, I would suggest you look at what is happening in Venezuela, in Cuba, in Nicaragua, shoot, they even control the Panama Canal. Yes, they DO have bases in our back yard. Not the old fashioned kind, but covert bases. And a lot of Chinese have come here, either legally or illegally (through Mexico). Why?

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at May 20, 2020 06:42 AM (F0qlI)

3 You are taking your eye off of the ball. Magicians keep you watching one hand so that you don't notice what they are doing with the other hand.
Democrats invent foreign enemies so that we will not notice what they themselves are doing to this nation. What they are doing is far worse than anything that any foreign power can do or would want to do. And they are doing it while the population panics and worries about Russia, pandemics and, now, China.
They tried the "Russia is out to get us" and it didn't work. Then they tried Ukraine as the enemy and that didn't work. Now they are trying China. None of those "enemies" can destroy democracy in this nation, but Democrats can, and they are doing it. They are doing it while successfully distracting us with nonsense about the "Red Menace" of 60 years ago.

Posted by: Bill H at May 20, 2020 08:49 AM (vMiSr)

4 Bill, I've been worried about China since the fall of the Berlin Wall. China was and is an existential threat. I was astounded at how many people simply proclaimed the Cold War over and argued for "engagement" with Communist China. They have always been our enemies and we are FINALLY waking up to that fact. My views on this have nothing to do with Democratic talking points.

What makes China so dangerous is that the Democrats have succeeded in promoting Chinese style socialist thinking in America and too few Americans actually see the danger. We could resist the Soviets because we held a common belief in this country. We don't now.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at May 20, 2020 12:48 PM (PcPsH)

5 It's not "Chinese style socialist thinking" any more than it is "Soviet style socialist thinking." It is "power style socialist thinking," designed to put power into the hands of the elite few. Pelosi and company are not Chinese, nor are they Chinese inspired. The are moved by a lust for power, and going after a foreign power does not thwart them, it plays into their hands. You are thinking and saying exactly what they want you to say and think. "It's not the Democrats you have to fear, it's the Chinese who are the enemy. We are the good guys protecting you from the evil furriners."

Posted by: Bill H at May 20, 2020 03:28 PM (vMiSr)

6 Bill, I agree it's about power with both. But there are different models of socialist thought. The Chinese do it differently than did the Soviets (I was so trained way back in my youth, before the fall of the Berlin wall destroyed all my plans for the future.) China is the current model being employed by the elites (and Pelosi and the Democrats are merely the public face and as such fall into the category of sleight of hand you mentioned; they aren't the ones to watch, frankly, but the big money class.) Other than that I agree with you; those who seek total power, be they socialists, communists, pharoahists, fascists, royalists, czarists, Kaiserists or what have you, are the real danger. The forms may differ but the root is the same.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at May 21, 2020 08:13 AM (Dzyvy)

7 I agree with you that we are now in a cold war with China, and this is going to only get worse as time passes. I'm just imagining that I'm just watching film.

Posted by: margaret just at May 23, 2020 05:12 AM (Vb0bq)

8 Hi Margaret Just.  Thanks for the comment.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at May 23, 2020 06:58 AM (At6xD)

9 We've been  Free fire since the 80's. Why can't they just continue it

Posted by: Eudora at May 27, 2020 03:58 AM (ji06y)

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