South China Sea

America sounds ‘arms race’ alert over South China Sea amid fears of military conflict

America’s top military commander for the Pacific has taken a thinly veiled swipe at China as he warned that a dangerous arms race over the disputed waters of the South China Sea could “engulf” the region.

Admiral Scott Swift said that nations could be increasingly tempted to use military force instead of international law to settle territorial claims.

“My concern is that after many decades of peace and prosperity, we may be seeing the leading edge of a return of ‘might makes it right’ to the region,” the US Pacific Fleet Commander said in a speech in Hawaii, according to a copy seen by Reuters news agency.

  • john s

    Has it not been “might makes it right” up til now?

    • Minicapt

      China’s foreign policy has always been based on that as a first principle.


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  • Hard Little Machine

    This is Obama we’re talking about. Frankly I’m shocked John Kerry hasn’t announced that Taiwan must give up and rejoin mainland China yet.