China dispatches military vessels & fighter jets to warn off US warship

End of the Honeymoon: China accuses US of military provocation

by  Jim W. Dean,  VT Editor    … with Russia Today,  Moscow

The game playing continues

[ Note: It’s summer time, and the news cycle can get slow, so what better than to do a billion-dollar plus arms deal with Taiwan, followed by a US missile destroyer “drive by” of one of China’s new fortified atolls. While RT picked a good title theme of the honeymoon being over, lots of married couples can tell you that does not mean the relationship is on the rocks.

China still holds a pile of US Treasury bonds, and has the largest long-term infrastructure plan in the world in motion, not the US. Its military expenditures are focused on defense, which is much cheaper than offense; and that leaves the saved money to go into infrastructure capital spending, which many would view as enhancing one’s defense even more by building a strong long term economy.

I took a gamble here with this RT interview, with my strong emphasis on the theatrical side of the US-China island spat, and even the N. Korea “threat” itself. But we have all been here before, with the puffed-up threat baloney, and I don’t see much commentary on it, even in alternative media. My point was not to trivialize the dispute, but to spotlight the US addiction to its bogeyman threat hustle of the American people.

N. Korea’s offer to end missile testing simply if the US and S. Korea ended their big joint maneuvers they hold every year, something that the NKs rightfully deem to be a major ongoing provocation. The offer was ignored not only by the US, but western media, also. When it was followed by the NKs saying they would begin talks with no qualifications at all, that also was ignored.

What we got instead was the age-old con of demanding something you know the other party cannot agree to, so the refusal can be spun to a distracted public as posing a threat. The NKs would be out of their minds to give away their missile testing card on the front end…for nothing.

But that is where Mr. “Art of the Deal” has put us, still not understanding that being President of the US is not a real estate deal that he can put into bankruptcy, or a reality TV show. I have been telling him this for some time, but unfortunately my record for presidents taking my advice has not been good.

However, I have put it on the record, as has Gordon so many times; so it is there to look back on in retrospect when the smoke clears and we can see what is still standing amid the ashes if the game playing spirals out of controlJD ]

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It seems that Gunboat Diplomacy is still in style

–  First aired  …  July 2nd,  2017 

China has sent military vessels and warplanes to “warn off” USS Stethem, a guided-missile destroyer, that sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang.

“Under the pretext of ‘freedom of navigation,’ the US side once again sent a military vessel into China’s territorial waters off the Xisha Islands without China’s approval,” the spokesperson said in a statement, adding that such US behavior “violated Chinese law and relevant international law, infringed upon China’s sovereignty, and disrupted the peace, security and order of the relevant waters.”

“China dispatched military vessels and fighter planes in response to warn off the US vessel,” the statement reads.

“The Chinese side is dissatisfied with, and opposed to, the relevant behavior of the US side,” Lu added, calling the US warplane’s maneuvers a “serious political and military provocation.” He said that the US is “deliberately stirring up troubles in the South China Sea, as well as running in the opposite direction from countries in the region who aspire for stability, cooperation and development.”

The US Navy did not officially confirm the operation. The US Pacific Fleet spokesman, Lt. Cmdr. Matt Knight, told Fox News that the fleet conducts “routine and regular FONOPs, as we have done in the past and will continue to do in the future,” without specifically mentioning the Sunday incident.

However, an unidentified US Defense Department official earlier told Reuters that the US Navy destroyer USS Stethem came within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, which is a part of the Paracel Islands located in the South China Sea between China and Vietnam.

The head of US Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, recently criticized China’s activity in the region. “China is using its military and economic power to erode the rules-based international order,” he said in a speech delivered on Wednesday in Brisbane during the joint US-Australian military exercises. “Fake islands should not be believed by real people,” he added, as reported by Fox News.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank, said in its recent report that “Beijing has undertaken substantial upgrades of its military infrastructure in the Paracels” and particularly started building new facilities on Triton Island.

It was the second such operation conducted by the US during Donald Trump’s presidency. On May 24, the US Navy guided-missile destroyer, the USS Dewey, came within 12 miles of the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands – another disputed archipelago that lies in the southern part of the South China Sea.

At that time, the Chinese Defense Ministry also sent two frigates to “warn off” the US vessel and said that it was “firmly opposed to the US behavior of showing force and boosting regional militarization.”

The Paracel Islands are contested by China, Taiwan and Vietnam while the Spratlys are also additionally claimed by the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. China claims sovereignty over a large part of the South China Sea, a region crucial for China’s maritime trade.

Paracel Islands

China has already built runways, aircraft hangars, radar sites and hardened surface-to-air missile shelters on its artificially-created islands in the region, according to photos analyzed by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Beijing’s actions have sparked concerns in Washington and the US Navy, which is fiercely opposed to this Chinese initiative, has deployed additional warships in the disputed zone, conducted maneuvers near China’s artificial islands, and flown over them, claiming it has been done in the interest of the “freedom of navigation.”

In response, China called Washington’s involvement in the dispute the “greatest” threat to the region.

In early June, China and the US both held exercises involving air and navy forces, in another episode of confrontation over the disputed South China Sea. The US sent two B-1B Lancer supersonic bombers to fly a 10-hour mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, which was conducted in conjunction with the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer the USS Sterett.

A day earlier, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted its own air and navy exercise off Hong Kong. The patrol mission involved three helicopters and two Type 056 corvettes, the Qinzhou and the Huizhou, the Defense Ministry reported.

Jim Dean, managing editor at Veterans today, told RT he believes Washington is getting embroiled in a territorial dispute it has no part in as part of a PR game against China.

“This is a part of a sparring campaign that I think is going to go on for quite a while,” Dean said, adding that the latest incident, which comes on the heels of a US arms deal with Taiwan, is “a part of turning the screws” by the US administration.

“It [territorial dispute] really does not involve the United States, because it’s on the other side of the world, but the US likes to show the flag,” Dean noted, arguing that the US is inflaming tensions there “just to get the publicity that we can do it and we will continue doing it.”

The incident might be also a deliberate move intended to provoke China into deploying more forces in the South China Sea, in order to justify a US response, according to Dean.

“We really have some theater going on with this, and this all is going to go on for some time,” he said.

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8 Responses to "China dispatches military vessels & fighter jets to warn off US warship"

  1. Amelius  July 5, 2017 at 3:36 am

    “China is using its military and economic power to erode the rules-based international order”

    What about all the sovereign nations crushed by illegal US intervention?

  2. wjabbe  July 4, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Observe the deafening silence of these four star US Naval traitors to land theft by Israel. There was an artlcle today on BB with Adolf Netanyahu running his mouth on that big air craft carrier over there. I hope they flew in some top TSA inspectors to strip search him and look for any hidden bombs especially in his groin area and deep in his rectum. I hope the put him through the body scanner at its highest settings. According to a recent article one James Perloff, who states he is one half Jew, commando sqads of highly trained special ops from Israel were the real hi jackers on 9/11/01 of all four planes and did fly by’s of three of them, 11, 175 and 77 and subsequently landed them in the Atlantic after they killed the crews and passengers, to sink to the bottom of the ocean while they were picked up by an Israeli submarine. Where were these Navy traitors when this attack on the U.S. happened right under their noses? Good comments Jim.

    • wjabbe  July 4, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      The other plane 93, is the one claimed to have crashed at Shanksville but no evidence confirmed that. This is the one with the rebellion of some of the passengers. According to Perloff, Cheney ordered this plane blown up supposedly to protect the WH where it was allegedly headed, but the real reason for blowing it up and sacrificing the Israeli commando unit was to prevent cover for the whole operation from being blown if the plane landed with the Israelis in handcuffs. Perloff even speculates Cheney may have even called Netanyahu for approval and likely got it. This shows how evil these fanatics and lunatics are. They have no conscience at all. How can they live with themselves with all these despicable inhuman acts known to them the rest of their lives? By the way those other three planes with all the dead bodies inside, at the bottom of the Atlantic, could be found if enough effort were made to find them couldn’t they? Too bad none of the criminals in the US government are even searching for them are they?

  3. Grampah  July 4, 2017 at 9:14 am

    “mass test launches to celebrate the violence and increasing world dominance” I’m having an anti fireworks social at my house today. At 85, some of us see through all the hoaxes laid on us since k-1

  4. Garry Compton  July 4, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Another good article – thanks Jim. Once upon a time I had a couple sail boats and when I found the book 1421 – “the year China mapped the World” , I read that book on both of the boats I once owned. And if that British naval officer who wrote it was correct, which I truly believe was to be truthful then – the Americans have no right to disrespect the Chinese – especially in their own waters. One would think that intelligent naval officers would rather spend their time discussing the courage of those seafarers that roamed the seas – discovering this great blue watered planet – especially in the year 2017. The Chinese and some others wish to go forward in this century but the West is stuck going in reverse and looks like they are in the eddies of a smaller River that can’t get into the main channel of the “Big River”, so they just go round and round staying stuck in the smaller river.

  5. David Odell  July 4, 2017 at 7:25 am

    I think the anti-missile makers salivate every time Kim sets off the fireworks. It also makes the Japanese think twice about kicking the US out. But, hey, every year for our birthday, we test launch billions of unguided rockets in heavily populated residential areas. Americans love explosions and rockets red glares. Mail boxes, hands, and all the animals will be terrorized this evening during the mass test launches to celebrate the violence and increasing world dominance. Wear helmets.

    • Carnaptious  July 4, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Back in my college days, I was living in Los Angeles where fireworks were officially banned. So the mindless morons who make up a significant percentage of the population in LA would celebrate July 4th by blasting off whatever firearms were available to them, shotguns, pistols, rifles, whatever made a bang. One could literally hear the spent ammo falling on the roof like rain. It was an adventure to go out the next morning to discover which calibers were most popular (generally, that was 9MM with an occasional .45 or .380). Staying indoors – preferably on the ground floor of a multi story building – seemed like better protection than a helmet.

  6. davor  July 4, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Nice title End of the honeymoon. Artificial islands technology could solve many many problems worldwide, or create some I guess. This is where Big brother meets God the creationist and dwells into His troubles. Even Mossad chief proposed one artificial island the other day off the coast of Gaza. China can wage destructive war against US without using armies or territories, using outsourced labor and debt as primary weapons, US need to be careful there. Who would have thought that anglo-american naval domination could have been threatened not by taking over islands but by creating them? That puts Adam Smith principles into a papercut.

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