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South China Sea: US Drifts Towards 'Unwanted War With China'

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Recent reports that the US intends to deploy B-1 heavy bombers in Australia have angered China, fueling tensions over disputed territories in the South China Sea, and arguably bringing the involved players to the brink of war, a professor specializing in American politics and global security told Radio Sputnik.

The US move to involve Australia in a standoff with China indicates that the situation in the South China Sea will be an “intensified subject for the next six months,” Joseph Siracusa, Professor of Human Security and International Diplomacy at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, claimed.

In this new round of tit-for-tat, Australia is stuck between two fires. China remains the country’s top trade partner and America remains Canberra’s number one military ally.

As Beijing seeks to carefully distance Australia from the US in the South China Sea conflict, as a means to mitigate tensions, the overall situation appears to have crossed a point of no return, according to Siracusa.

“The Australian government plays these cards close to the chest. They want to involve Americans more and more [in the South China Sea],” the professor suggested. “Australia is on board and Australian public is pretty much on board, except for some critical members of academic community. The military and ordinary Australians are pretty much on their [the government’s] side.”

Americans have taken advantage of the current state of affairs, rushing to strengthen their ties with Australian military in an effort to shift the balance of power in the region.

“US President Obama has been trying to rebalance or shift the balance,” Siracusa said. “That means that a shift in American assets in different parts of the world, to this part of the world, is mainly prepositioning. Putting its long-range bombers in Australia pursues the concept of prepositioning weapons or troops such as heavy marines here.”

Beijing has placed missiles in the South China Sea, and has stated that it doesn’t recognize a right claimed by the United States to sail in or fly over what they consider to be Chinese territorial waters.

“We have a lot of buildup to some kind of a climax here,” opines Siracusa, adding that, “the Chinese Navy has been actually cast with stopping the US Navy.”

According to these and other indicators, the professor asserts that the situation could grow into a war between China and the US, and, he suggests, claims by both countries that they will increase joint maritime military drills don’t fool anyone.

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  • mehrdadkovichni
    no reason to get angry china...
    just bring your s-400's to the islands along with the naval missile defense to widen the covered area's to an 'unknown' reach ;)
  • michael
    I always knew that we were just a massive aircraft carrier.
  • Ann in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, with possibly the longest nose in history - because it seems to be in everybody's business, all of the time...
  • Ivan Buckeye
    The Chinese government should be able to see the intentions of the U.S. China has played down the actual intentions of American military and economic manipulations long enough. If China doesn't want to be held captive by the U.S. for resources abroad, then the time has come for China to act, not philosophize away the bad intentions of American business and military. What the American corporations want is a China that has to pay an arm and leg for resources from other nations, of course, this middle man would be the Americans.
  • professor.hornblow
    Australia has long been a US vassal state. A former prime minister Harold Holt refused to allow the building of the Pine Gap US spy center, he died in a mysterious drowning accident and his body was never recovered. Pine Gap was built and a progressive US military presence led to a huge marine base and a US air base near Darwin. Frequent US Navy visits also remind Australia of its duties; the Five Eyes intelligence group passes details of Australian citizens to the US.

    However, China is well prepared; its submarines patrol Australia's coast uninhibited and the country would not survive a nuclear attack on its major population areas, all of them in coastal cities. Australia is no longer the lucky country thanks to the US passion for war.
  • That guy is a NATO robot. He also said China was "spoiling for a fight." What trash talk. Nothing but more NATO propaganda. They think if they repeat the lie enough that people will accept it.
  • cmat.wolfgang
    Those provocations of US Hardliners make no sense at all.
    Do they really think that they can impress an ecnomically prospering and militarily advancing country like China which has much larger growrh rates than the USA (or EU) ?
    Such things work only for a short time and if they have no success in short time they will badly backfire. Really dumb politics.

    Just think about: one larger Plutonium bomb on Los Angeles will Trigger an earth quake with Millions of dead People in the big cities of the West Coast. If you are so vulnerable, you should be nice to others who can hurt you.
    grpwth rates than the US
  • michaelin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
    sixpack6t9, yes, and the us is getting another one?
  • michaelin reply toprofessor.hornblow(Show commentHide comment)
    professor.hornblow, ah we do more than that! :)
  • Sigravenin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
    sixpack6t9, Australian people are fed the same neocon crap that Washington serves up by their government,unfortunately many are not very politically aware as would be hoped and many younger Australians have been brainwashed with Marxist waffle thru the infiltrated public school system.Not everyone thinks we should meddle as much as we do.
  • Glamoureus
    CHINA - why not allow Russia replace Australia in import Buisness?
  • surferket
    US is doing to China what they tried and failed with Russia. Brow beat these 2 countries with threats of war and outright intimidation. Russia put their foot down and said NO and will go on nuclear war if that's what US wants to play.

    China has been too nice and soft so US believes they will win the game of Chicken and get some face in Asia after losing their face in Middle East and Europe.
  • seanrkearney
    Partly true. I'd take issue with the claim the Australian public are ok with this. How can anyone know this? Some Australians I have spoken to are very much opposed to US military being present on their soil.

    Its more the neo con MSM who have created this impression along with the usual toadying BS from the pro US politicians in Canberra.
  • Ann in reply toSigraven(Show commentHide comment)
    Sigraven, I am certain that what you say is true. The media lies to and about us all. I guess we just need to get a lot louder to compensate. Silence is NOT "golden" when it will lead to one's demise.
  • Ann in reply toprofessor.hornblow(Show commentHide comment)
    professor.hornblowprofessor.hornblow, I did not know that about the Pine Gap spy center, thanks.
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