U.S vs China: Showdown in the South China Sea?

Expect more.” That is the succinct response of a senior U.S. defense official when asked informally whether the dispatch in October of a U.S. Navy ship within 12 nautical miles of one of China’s newly constructed islands in the Spratly Island chainwas a one-off event.

Officials in the Obama Administration seem well aware that failure to follow on with their highly publicized freedom of navigation operations will send a signal of irresolve to China and Asia. The sail-through did little to settle the issue of Sino-U.S. tussling over the South China Sea, and the question now, is how will China respond.

  • UCSPanther

    Many of China’s more legendary Emperors would have eaten Obama for lunch, and let’s certainly not forget Chairman Mao…

  • Maggat

    It’s funny but it’s not. We are not paying any attention to what is a possible existential threat to our well being with the focus being on islam and not the south China Sea as well.
    Poor Obama doesn’t he just seem overwhelmed, while the rest of us are under whelmed with his insipid behaviour?

  • Brett_McS

    The Chinese keep their Muslims in check, so screw them.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The Chinese will act aggressively knowing that Obama is a loser.