The Asia-Pacific Region might be on the verge of a military conflict, as the United States is trying to incite several nations, including Japan and the Philippines, to gang up on China over the territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
And now the United States is considering plans to start military patrols using its ships and planes in the South China Sea. The US involvement in this complex and multi-sided territorial dispute has a real potential to make the already tense and dangerous situation in the area even uglier, US international affairs magazine the National Interest reported.
Even though the United States repeatedly said that it maintains a neutral stance regarding the territorial disputes in the Asia Pacific, Washington's actions show otherwise. The White House said it doesn't accept Chinese territorial claims, based on evidence provided by Beijing. Now the United States has started to back China's rivals, encouraging them to take hard stances that they normally wouldn't have taken without direct support from the United States.
China has already expressed its concern about the US' actions. Hua Chunying, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson, said the United States should avoid "risky and provocative approaches to maintain the regional peace and stability," as cited by AP.
She also made it clear that China will defend its territorial sovereignty, as foreign ships and aircrafts cannot be freely entering into Chinese territorial airspace and waters, AP reported.
The course taken by the United States has a real potential to create a direct military confrontation between Washington and Beijing, the National Interest said.