Obama weakness may result in US-China confrontation

East Asia now stands close to a precipice. China figures the US is too distracted or uninterested to care about its expansion. They may be right. But the world may pay a very heavy price for this. The prospect of armed confrontation between the US and China has just dramatically increased.

You may not have noticed, as ISIS expands its reach across Iraq and Russia fuels conflict in Ukraine, but the odds of an armed confrontation between the United States and China just dramatically increased.

After years of ignoring China’s growing assertiveness in Asia, the Obama administration has been taken unaware by a major land and power grab by Beijing.

Over the past several years, China has steadily expanded its territorial ambitions, including a claim that the entire South China Sea is under its dominion.

The sea is one of the world’s most strategic bodies of water. It contains crucial sea lanes, such as the Malacca Strait, through which nearly 70,000 ships transit each year.

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  • simus1

    If this Chicom provocation goes forward without any real response from the US and Taiwan is not immediately strengthened with state of the art military equipment, then China will do a Putin and invade Taiwan.

  • The new world order, created by Mr. “hope and change” Obama.

    Get ready, it could get quite ugly.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The Chinese could send an army to Taiwan and Obama will do nothing. Current course and speed South Korea and Japan will both go nuclear. Maybe the Philippines too.

    • Petey

      China only has some 200 warheads and a similar number of launchers, so parity would be fairly easy to achieve.
      But then again what would that really get you in the long run?

      • tom_billesley

        Deterrence.

        • Minicapt

          … better dim sum.

  • formwiz

    In much the same way FDR accepting Japan’s limp-wristed “apology” for the sinking of the Panay led the way to Pearl Harbor.

    • Petey

      China only has some 200 warheads and a similar number of launchers, so parity would be fairly easy to achieve. Then again what would that really get you in the long run?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I thought everyone wanted a world without the U.S. imperialists sticking it’s nose into everything?
    This will be an exciting time to live in Asia!

  • In all fairness, no one, not even Harper, has been serious about clipping China’s wings. Whether it’s arresting citizens, stopping industrial espionage or just not trading with them, we have let a paper dragon grow. An economic crisis will whack China but not before China acts in the South China Seas.

    Japan, South Korea et al need an alliance today.