Flying in international airspace a U.S. patrol plane was intercepted by two Chinese fighter jets on Tuesday over the South China sea. It was a highly aggressive, even "unsafe" act according to the Pentagon. It matches increasing efforts by Russia to harass and probe U.S. military response in Europe and off the coast of Alaska.
Meanwhile, the effort to build artificial bases in the South China Sea continues. Below is a recent photo from the Daily Mail showing the new base with runway on one of the Spratley Islands. A Pentagon report (PDF) released in April describes China's effort as "weaponizing" the facilities.
|About a year ago this was a reef. Today it is a fully functioning Chinese military |
base hundreds of miles from the Chinese mainland. Why?
|Chinese artificial bases give China ultimate control over vital waterway.|
Perhaps the Chinese have rushed this building program because they know a change in U.S. Administrations may bring a President who isn't asleep at the switch. Sadly, much of the damage has already been done.
Let's call the future Asian war Obama's Folly!