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.
“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.
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.