The United States was just delivered a serious threat by budding rival super power China. Over the 4th of July holiday a tweet from Chinese state-run The Global Times news:
“China has a wide selection of anti-aircraft carrier weapons like DF-21D and DF-26 “aircraft carrier killer” #missiles. South China Sea is fully within grasp of the #PLA; any US #aircraftcarrier movement in the region is at the pleasure of PLA: analysts.”
China has a wide selection of anti-aircraft carrier weapons like DF-21D and DF-26 "aircraft carrier killer" #missiles. South China Sea is fully within grasp of the #PLA; any US #aircraftcarrier movement in the region is at the pleasure of PLA: analysts. https://t.co/X5L0foka6Q pic.twitter.com/rEPjp9gqAZ
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) July 4, 2020
The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan were carrying out operations and exercises there “to support a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
A military expert who asked not to be identified told the Times: “The US is saying one thing and doing another. It is applying different standards on China’s actions than it does on its own.” China’s Foreign Ministry previously called similar US moves, “flexing of muscles by some non-regional country that lies tens of thousands of miles away.”
While U.S. Rear Admiral George M. Wikoff stated, “The purpose is to show an unambiguous signal to our partners and allies that we are committed to regional security and stability.”
As The Global Times told:
Beijing-based military expert Li Jie told the Global Times that the US is attempting to show off its military capability to the world, threaten China and enforce its hegemonic policies.
The South China Sea is fully within the grasp of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), and any US aircraft carrier movement in the region is solely at the pleasure of the PLA, which has a wide selection of anti-aircraft carrier weapons like the DF-21D and DF-26 “aircraft carrier killer” missiles, analysts noted.
In response to the Pentagon’s statement, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a regular press conference on Friday that Xisha Islands are indisputably China’s inherent territory. China’s military exercises in the seas off Xisha Islands are within our sovereignty and beyond reproach. The fundamental cause of instability in the South China Sea is the large-scale military activities and flexing of muscles by some non-regional country that lies tens of thousands of miles away.
Wikoff, said such exercises were not a response to those being conducted by China, which the Pentagon criticized as “counter-productive to efforts at easing tensions and maintaining stability.”
The president posted last week on Twitter:
As I watch the Pandemic spread its ugly face all across the world, including the tremendous damage it has done to the USA, I become more and more angry at China. People can see it, and I can feel it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2020
Do these actions potentially signal the start of a major conflict?