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Will This Trigger World War III? US Army Stockpiles Munitions Near China

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US Army announces plans to place munitions stockpiles in Vietnam, Cambodia, and other area countries in a bid to contain the regional expansion of Chinese influence.

On Wednesday, the US Army announced that it plans to stockpile munitions and military supplies in Vietnam, Cambodia, and several other undisclosed nations including, experts believe, the Philippines, as the US adopts an increasingly aggressive military posture toward China.

US officials state that the munitions caches, placed within areas China considers to be within its "sphere of influence," are necessary to respond to regional "threats" by Russia and North Korea, and allow for more rapid deployment. 

Army Material Command Chief Gen. Dennis Via emphasized that, in addition to munitions, the sites will contain Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) supplies. The decision to place an American Army cache within Vietnam, the site of a bloody and largely unnecessary US war that ended in 1975, is a startling turn of events that has left Beijing incensed.

The move comes in response to what the US has alleged are repeated steps by China to militarize the region in what is seen as a push to dominate the South China Sea.

 

Former CIA chief General Michael Hayden expressed the need to expand US influence in the South China Sea, in an effort to contain Chinese expansion. Hayden suggested that to mishandle the rise of China "would be catastrophic."

The Center for Strategic and International Studies echoed Hayden’s concerns, observing that the South China Sea would become a "Chinese lake," by 2030, especially following Beijing’s recent placement of surface-to-air missiles on a manufactured island within the disputed territory.  China maintains that it has every right to build within what it considers to be its own territory, and that the islands will be used primarily for humanitarian purposes.

Not everybody sees the wisdom of President Obama’s move. Washington Post opinion writer David Ignatius on Wednesday published the headline, "The US is heading toward a dangerous showdown with China," in which he cites former assistant secretary of state for Asia Kurt Campbell expressing concern that the Obama administration’s posturing could trigger World War III.

Campbell was quoted as saying, "This isn’t Pearl Harbor, but if people on all sides aren’t careful, it could be ‘The Guns of August,’" referring to Barbara Tuchman’s seminal book detailing the chain of events that led to World War I. He accuses President Obama of once again engaging in brinksmanship, suggesting that efforts to force China to exercise restraint in the region are turning into "another red line moment."

It is not known whether China will interpret US actions as an effort to seize new territories and "encircle" the country, in what is increasingly looking like an old-fashioned Washington-style Cold War mindset. Some believe that Beijing will instead interpret the US moves as a nudge toward displaying more restraint in their own territorial ambitions. The future of humanity may depend on that calculation. 

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  • dvdgrg09
    They should do away with the red line completely and move the blue lines closer to center ice. Maybe they could just put a single blue line at center ice.
  • siberianhusky
    In Vietnam of all places. Has Vietnam already been bought by the ZionNazies and not learned from the past not to trust the Americans?
  • aubreydgarrett
    Would these munitions stored in Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philipines not be normal weapons for your army of occupation that you have stationed in Vietnam, Cambodia and Philipines? lol
  • brunnerd
    It's always Chinese expansion, Russian aggression or Chinese aggression, Russian expansion to all these US.hacks. They merely need to go to the nearest mirror and see the true aggressor / expansionist.
  • Bob Hoferer
    China needs to 'stockpile' weapons in Cuba. OboZO is doing everything he can to cause his WW3. He needs this war to add to his 'resume'. First, he tried to use Russia for this purpose, but when Putin 'out-smarted' him, not even a challenge for Putin, so now he wants to use NK or China. Hopefully OboZO will get his wish. I live here but maybe china will 'play' his game in (h)is front yard.
  • Zhukovin reply tosiberianhusky(Show commentHide comment)
    siberianhusky, Yes, apparently, the liberal political class ruling Vietnam is being bought off.
  • Glamoureus
    US is buidling a nuclear ring around Russia, China and India. US is trying to deny Russia and China sea entry (baltic sea, black sea, chinese sea, sea of japan).

    This cannot be good no matter if your American, Russian or Chinese.
  • michael
    the us isn't that powerful to construct a series of 'bases' or nodes and then to defend them at multiple locations globally. What one 'side' can do with the weapons of a 'hybrid' war, the other(s) can as well. It is a sad observation about the necessity of 'putting down' a 'mad' dog for the safety of the global community.
  • motherland101
    Russia is within the Chinese sphere of influence too.
  • Ann
    Here we go again! Just edit out "Russia" and insert "China" - my gosh, do these stupid warmongers EVER stop?
  • Ann in reply tosiberianhusky(Show commentHide comment)
    siberianhusky, They've been pretty much disarmed as a country, so they have to do what they're told...for now. If those little Asian countries had a lick of sense, they'd put aside their differences and join China and/or Russia or both. Strength in numbers, baby!
  • Ann in reply toBob Hoferer(Show commentHide comment)
    Bob Hoferer, What he doesn't get done, HILLARY WILL.
  • peaceactivist2
    China deserve it anyway for being so selfish, so narrow minded, and so much so for money only that left her many poor neighbors struggle these many years. Yes, they are so poor that they will blow whichever the wind blow. Good luck China !
  • seanrkearney
    Like playing Russia roulette with bullets in all but one of the chambers of the gun.....
  • Marc Nonnenkamp
    It is horrific to hear that the leadership of the US Army can even think of war against the likes of Mainland China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. They just stated that they can fight the so-called "War on Terror," but that they cannot do the former - in other words, they are asking the US government for more resources.
  • jimmcdo
    Again...US military paranoia...!
  • Turng NDin reply tosiberianhusky(Show commentHide comment)
    siberianhusky, actually you have to ask your new chinese friends , they are to much greedy and aggessive in our east sea .

    You think the usa can jump out of nowhere ? usa take advantage from that . Want to help ? yeah tell china back off , i am pretty sure nobody gives of sh1t about the us ethier
  • Zhukov
    Why would Cambodia and Vietnam again go down this path of impending catastrophe allying with US military psychos?
  • itchyvet .
    America has been conducting these "stock piles" everywhere over the last ten years. Then those stock plies have been utilized to create discension and subversive actions in neighboring nations. IF, it's true, that they are establishing such in the nations mentioned in this article, then it will also be true, that within the next four years adjoining nations will suffer some form of destablising action.
  • Whomever reads this do not forget PEARL HARBOR. They are willing to serve up the Loyal/earnest/devoted/belivers upon whims of Stratagem edge.

    do not fall victim yet *again* to the same time test strategy if your behind the curve do not look to the curve you're upon for deterent but for the curve you have yet to realize they already stand upon.

    Slight of hand tricks are just that.. a quick way to place you in a disarmed position while you believe *strength.*
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