Pentagon Warns of Conflict Over Chinese Buildup on Disputed Island

China’s plans to build up a disputed island near the Philippines could lead to a regional conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Thursday.

Carter was asked about the strategic significance of China’s plan to add military facilities to a disputed island known as Scarborough Shoal located about 120 miles—within missile range—of Subic Bay, Philippines, where U.S. warships will be based.

The defense secretary said Scarborough is “a piece of disputed territory that, like other disputes in that region, has the potential to lead to military conflict.”

“That’s particularly concerning to us, given its proximity to the Philippines,” Carter told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on efforts to counter the Islamic State terrorist group.

Carter said the Pentagon has similar views about a number of island disputes in the South China Sea, where China has been claiming most of the sea as its maritime territory and demanding that other states, including the United States, keep out of the region.

The comments came in response to questions posed by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R., Alaska) who revealed during the hearing that Scarborough is the third vertex of a triangle of Chinese military bases that could be used to threaten the main Philippines island of Luzon.

A map showed Woody Island in the Paracels and three other islands in the Spratlys Islands that are undergoing militarization by the Chinese as part of the island building program.

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“The Chinese have already established two legs of that triangle. The fighters and radars are part of that radius that you see around the Scarborough Shoal,” he said.

Carter said the map was “absolutely accurate” in depicting a Chinese strategy for creating an island triangle of bases in the sea.

Later, Sullivan told the Washington Free Beacon he is “very concerned” by reports that China will make Scarborough the “third site” for missiles and warplanes close to Subic Bay.

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China milked the Cow of the US economy, until she went dry. Now they are going to turn on the US like the Cobra, backstabbers that they are. Clintonians love the Chineze, since billlybop gave them the most favored trade status when he was committing sex acts and desecrating the White house.

O has crippled our military. I hope not.

This is too late, we need a tough guy at the head of this country, someone who'll have the tough job to teach a lesson to the Chinezzz... We can't avoid it, there will be a clash, not only with their economy. It's sad to say but a war is in preparation. If it's not for us, our kids or grand kids will face Big Evil China. The only thing that comes to my mind, so rapidly that it's scary, is: let's bombard them!

"The only thing that comes to my mind, so rapidly that it's scary, is: let's bombard them!"

By "bombard" you naturally mean a US nuclear missile first strike, right? You would have to, since the Chinese have been nuclear missile capable and prepared for decades. And political losers facing obliteration can be expected to ignore little diplomatic trivialities like a nuclear weapons ban treaty, when they retaliate.

As you were saying.......?

Obama will do nothing.  If he does is will come off as a little slap.  We don't have military to fight anyone which was his goal and he has met it.

We should just go plant our asses over there and carve a piece of that territory out for ourselves, together with the Philippines. Preferably before the Chines have a chance to do something about it. The problem is Obama doesn't have the balls.

Seems all of this asininity sprouts from the recent ridiculously huge international territorial border expansion. Judging from the proximity of other asian countries closer to these "islands", China comes off as a double-dealing grabby opportunist, and should be treated accordingly.

This is due to the fact our excuse for a president is weak!

I refuse to call O President.

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Goodbye 2020: Clinton Ordered By Federal Judge To Submit To Questioning

(TeaParty.org) – Just when Hillary Clinton began hinting that she’s ready to run again in 2020, she has been ordered by a federal judge to submit to questioning about the use of her private email server to convey classified documents during her time as Secretary of State.

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan made the order as part of a lawsuit from conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.

“Court rules late today Hillary Clinton must answer more email questions — including key q’s about the setting up of her email system,” wrote Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a tweet following the ruling.

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Breaking: Court rules late today Hillary Clinton must answer more email questions -- including key q's about the setting up of her email system. Court denied our request to unseal vid depositions of Clinton aides. Great work by Michael Bekesha!

As a statement from Judicial Watch explains, the ruling is the latest development in the group’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, which they began to discover why former deputy chief of staff to Mrs. Clinton, Huma Abedin, was allowed to work at the State Department while also engaged in “outside employment.”

Clinton now has 30 days to answer two key questions from a list of 25 questions composed by Judicial Watch.

The questions the judge selected are:

1) “Describe the creation of the clintonemail.com system, including who decided to create the system, the date it was decided to create the system, why it was created, who set it up, and when it became operational.”

During your October 22, 2015 appearance before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Benghazi, you testified that 90 to 95 percent of your emails “were in the State’s system” and “if they wanted to see them, they would certainly have been able to do so.” Identify the basis for this statement, including all facts on which you relied in support of the statement, how and when you became aware of these facts, and, if you were made aware of these facts by or through another person, identify the person who made you aware of these facts.

This new development is huge because it means that the two critical scandals from Clinton’s time in the State Department, her private email server and the Benghazi attacks, are facing fresh scrutiny in both the legal system and the court of public opinion.

And while Clinton likely had little chance of any run in 2020, this makes it even less likely she will stand even a shred of a chance.

We’ve have got to hope and pray that at long last, this leads to the long overdue criminal charges we’ve all been waiting to see.

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