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A voice from the future: the United States will "block" the sea for the Chinese

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Two people, two likely figures from the Trump administration, clearly expressed themselves in China. Future Secretary of Defense James Mattis believes that the world order is under great threat. One of the main dangers is Beijing’s actions in the South China Sea. Proposed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson went even further, stating publicly that it was necessary to push the Chinese from artificial islands to the sea.




Retired General J. Mattis is sixty-six years old. This bachelor in military service was not only the nickname of “Monk Warrior”, but also a terrible nickname “Mad Dog.” Mattis does not burn with love either for Russia or for China. Both states, in his opinion, have created a terrible threat in the world, which is comparable only with the Second World War.

US senators allowed this retired general to be promoted to civilian defense minister. The fact is that there are quite strict rules to this effect: US citizens who retired from military service less than seven years ago are not eligible to hold the post of head of the Pentagon. Mattis will be promoted to bypass the existing rules.

Why would such deviations from the rules? Why do senators want to see Mattis the secretary of defense?

The casket just opened: speaking to the senators, Mr. Mattis said that he considered Russia to be the main threat to the United States. Putin "is trying to destroy NATO," the retiree believes. Washington, therefore, needs to take action, including the military. He also noted that Russia's military dominance in the Arctic should not be allowed.

Another super round is China.

"The modern world order is now under the greatest threat since the Second World War, and the reason for this is the Russians, the terrorists and China and its actions in the South China Sea," the channel quotes Mattis "NTV".

“China’s behavior is forcing countries in the region to seek stronger US leadership,” Mattis said. TASS.

Finally, a retired warrior called for new star wars. This was also liked by the senators.

Speaking about the problems of "military space", the future defense minister sounded the alarm: the threat to American satellites is growing. There are also Chinese and Russians here: "Both China and Russia have developed and tested various anti-satellite weapons capable of destroying or incapacitating satellites."

In order to resist Moscow and Beijing, Mr. Mattis considers it appropriate to explore the issue of developing offensive US space capabilities: “Consideration should be given to (creating) offensive space control capabilities to ensure the viability and sustainability of space operations necessary for the implementation of military plans.” He also said that he intends to seek the elimination of the Pentagon’s dependence on the supplies used by the American launches of Russian rocket engines for the 2023 year, or even earlier.

“After solidifying” the dangers posed by the Russians and the Chinese, the Mad Dog stated that any nation that intimidates its neighbors is a “threat”.

"We need to consider as a threat in general any nation that intimidates its neighbors", - quotes him "Military Review".

Mr. Mattis has forgotten, however, that the United States, acting as a world gendarme, is often intimidated and beaten by sanctions from one state or another. And sometimes they unleash a war against him, either alone or in NATO. Probably, if you intimidate the whole world, this is not a threat, but a normal political state: one commands, the rest obey or die.

With regard to the “threats”, much later the intended US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson went further. He especially criticized Beijing. This Mr. stated publicly that the Chinese must be removed from the artificial islands in the sea. After a series of statements by Tillerson, military experts began to fear even a declaration of war to China.

Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump's candidate for the post of secretary of state, “set the stage" for a potential clash with China, saying that the Chinese should be removed from those artificial islands that they built in the South China Sea.

Tillerson's statements are analyzed by Benjamin Haas, correspondent «The Guardian» in Hong Kong.

According to Tillerson, the construction of artificial islands by China in sea waters and the control of adjacent territories, about which a number of countries argue, are “akin to Russia's adoption of the Crimea.”

Today, China claims its "sovereignty" almost over the entire South China Sea: on the reefs and rocks, the Chinese have created seven artificial islands and supplied them with military runways and anti-aircraft guns. “We insist on sending a clear signal to the Chinese,” noted Tillerson. - First, you should stop island construction; secondly, you will not be allowed to access these islands either. ”

In the opinion of the future diplomat, the Chinese have already “taken control of the territories” or “declare control over the territories” that they rightfully do not belong to.

Experts believe that this kind of strategy will cause a storm in China. Beijing has always taken a tough stance in response to criticism of island claims. Criticism was considered an "attempt on sovereignty." Last year, the International Tribunal ruled that it recognized most of China’s territorial claims as “invalid.” However, the Chinese government ignored the verdict.

Bonnie Glazer, senior adviser for Asia from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, believes that Xi Jinping does not want to look like a soft-bodied weakling under pressure from the United States. The expert fears the beginning of a real crisis in US relations with China. China will not tolerate instructions from the United States. In addition, the Chinese people find the island territories “their own”.

So far, the Chinese are showing relative restraint, but a moment will come, says Glazer, the Xi Jinping code, may have to show what he is capable of. He cannot present himself as a weak leader: it “can damage his ability to consolidate power”.

By the way, the newspaper reminds, Mr. Tillerson did not specify how the United States would ban China from operating on islands in the South China Sea.

Experts agree: this is only possible through the deployment of military forces.

Ashley Townshend, a research associate at the University of the United States Research Center in Sydney, told a reporter: “Presumably, US warships can block access to China. This will provoke a crisis and a military clash. " Such an operation would be illegal, if at all, to recall the rules that the United States itself established with respect to its own current policy in the South China Sea.

If Barack Obama maintained a neutral position on Chinese claims of "sovereignty", then Tillerson and his boss Trump will apparently take a "much more militant position" on China in the South China Sea, believes Townsend. And the very statements about this can provoke even more tension. Comrade Xi said last year that none of the foreign countries should expect China to suffer infringements of sovereignty and security, as well as interests related to "development."

Presumably, we add that neither Tillerson nor Trump will do anything of this kind of “stressful”. The future secretary of state needs to enlist the support of Republican senators, nothing more. In the senatorial environment there are militant "hawks", whose career is built on the approval and generous financing of their candidacies by the military-industrial complex (McCain alone is worth something), and therefore everything associated with the likely "containment" and "military deployment" is welcomed by these uncles . Trying to force the Chinese in the sea, “block” them there - the right way to a military confrontation. Is Washington planning a world war?

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  1. Mystery12345
    Mystery12345 16 January 2017 06: 43
    +9
    US "block" the sea for the Chinese
    - it seems to me that this is troublesome ...
    1. cap
      cap 16 January 2017 07: 33
      +11
      Quote: Mystery12345
      US "block" the sea for the Chinese
      - it seems to me that this is troublesome ...


      Iranians tried to "block" got "hands up" laughing , now is the turn of the Chinese ?.
      1. Iskander Sh
        Iskander Sh 16 January 2017 09: 00
        +3
        Quote: cap
        The Iranians tried to "block" got "hands up", now it's the turn of the Chinese ?.


        In South Asia, the United States has many allies, and many have a tooth on China - Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan. And also, the United States has many of its bases there and the US fleet is much superior to the Chinese. So if the US wants to aggravate, then China will have to tight.
        1. cap
          cap 16 January 2017 09: 07
          +3
          Quote: Iskander Sh
          So if the US wants to aggravate, then China will have to tight.


          They will go to exacerbation, but it’s no longer safe to fight Katai, even for the United States. The Chinese army now, in discipline and equipment, surpasses all US satellite countries in the region.
          1. avg-mgn
            avg-mgn 16 January 2017 09: 55
            +6
            Russia has already been torn to shreds. Now China is about to vomit. Something tells me - if they didn’t break the point.
            1. Dmitry 2246
              Dmitry 2246 16 January 2017 10: 50
              +2
              In the battle for "American interests" they can provoke a military conflict with the aim of rallying the nation "in front of the aggressor." A military defeat at the initial stage will only strengthen the position of the administration and will make it possible to change domestic policy.
              But is American society ready for such a deal?
              Will there be a split and a possible civil conflict?
          2. Greenwood
            Greenwood 16 January 2017 14: 44
            +3
            Quote: cap
            discipline and equipment
            The most disciplined and equipped army in the region is the Japanese. Do not soak in the clouds, Japan has always been 2 steps ahead of China in technology.
            1. cap
              cap 16 January 2017 14: 50
              +2
              Quote: Greenwood
              Quote: cap
              discipline and equipment
              The most disciplined and equipped army in the region is the Japanese. Do not soak in the clouds, Japan has always been 2 steps ahead of China in technology.


              It is better to see once hi
              1. Greenwood
                Greenwood 16 January 2017 14: 58
                0
                Well, well, it’s certainly fun to judge the power of the army by the pathos of its parades, which by the way are very similar to the Russian ones. In Japan, this is easier.
                1. Greenwood
                  Greenwood 16 January 2017 15: 03
                  +2
                  Well, moving further in this direction, I present to you the coolest army in Asia, and maybe throughout Eurasia.
                  Just look at how they move, how synchronous their movements are, how faithfully they march in front of their beloved leader. And how the commentator chokes with love and adoration. Yes, they will take over the whole world. wassat
                2. cap
                  cap 16 January 2017 15: 18
                  0
                  Quote: Greenwood
                  Well, well, it’s certainly fun to judge the power of the army by the pathos of its parades, which by the way are very similar to the Russian ones. In Japan, this is easier.


                  I am delighted with the Japanese army. Thank you. But not convinced. We will remain with our own opinions. As for the Korean army. It is a sin to laugh at the sick. They are not to blame.
                  1. Talgat
                    Talgat 16 January 2017 16: 31
                    +2
                    If it comes to a real war, albeit not nuclear, but as for example with Iraq - the threatening collapse of the Chinese state. I am sure this is unacceptable for Russia - the pole of power number 3 will disappear and Russia will be left alone with the aggressors. that is, in the event of a threat of a real attack on China, Russia will probably somehow support

                    Perhaps that is why the joint exercises of the Chinese and Russian Navy are held in order to work out the interaction in the case of X
                  2. Greenwood
                    Greenwood 16 January 2017 18: 13
                    +1
                    Quote: cap
                    But not convinced
                    I didn’t even try. I just wanted to say that the pathos and brilliance of the parades is not yet an indicator of the real power and combat effectiveness of the army. Japan and China have already clashed more than once in the past, and China has never come out victorious.
              2. cap
                cap 16 January 2017 15: 00
                +1
                Quote: cap
                It is better to see once

                And hear hi
    2. Cube123
      Cube123 16 January 2017 17: 59
      +3
      Quote: Mystery12345
      US "block" the sea for the Chinese
      - it seems to me that this is troublesome ...

      Not only "troublesome", but also fraught. Americans are used to and therefore do not notice that 90% of the goods on their shelves are made in China. This makes them easy to "kneel". They themselves will no longer be able to do all this.
    3. Dimont
      Dimont 16 January 2017 23: 16
      +1
      As part of containing China in the South China Sea, the Yankees want to occupy the sea themselves? Oh well! Against China pin.Dosam speak gut tonka
    4. Pravodel
      Pravodel 18 January 2017 10: 15
      0
      They can do it quickly. It is enough to cut off the entrance to the South China Sea from the Indian Ocean.
      The problem is that China receives the main resources by sea, so the sea blockade immediately affects the Chinese economy and, if necessary, will lead to war. Russia cannot completely replace the supply of resources that China receives by sea, especially since the sea blockade immediately leads to a result, and the delivery of similar resources from Russia requires investment and development of the mining and processing industry, which, in turn, is extremely inertial and not comparable in time to the result of the naval blockade.
      For reference: the US war with Japan was predetermined when the US completely blocked Japan from the sea, thereby cutting it off from supplies. After that a military response followed: the Japanese attacked the US Navy base Pearl Harbor ..
      The blockade of China from the sea will repeat the situation of World War II: the blockade of Japan by the US Navy. The answer of China will be similar.
  2. knn54
    knn54 16 January 2017 06: 47
    +1
    -This bachelor ...
    There is nothing worse ... Tillerson-century-old!
    1. Akuzenka
      Akuzenka 16 January 2017 10: 21
      0
      Maybe he loves men? It is quite a bit for the United States.
  3. Nix1986
    Nix1986 16 January 2017 07: 06
    +8
    Comrades simply earn political points before the appointment, they are not such fools to aggravate relations with the strange, which is one of the main lenders and producer of consumer goods for the American dream.
    1. Lelek
      Lelek 16 January 2017 09: 39
      +1
      Quote: Nix1986
      Comrades just earn political points before the appointment


      It is not known what they will say in the future, but at this stage they will play along with the parliamentary majority. If you already got into the flock of Akka Knebekais, then say ha-ha-ha, and if you say quack-quack, they will peck. yes
  4. Vladimir Matveyev
    Vladimir Matveyev 16 January 2017 07: 56
    +3
    Already there is no such pusher, they were a little late. The greed of the West himself raised a monster)).
  5. ImPerts
    ImPerts 16 January 2017 07: 57
    +4
    Americans need to stay in Japan and South Korea. And this is one of the powerful irritants for these states. So they wind up.
  6. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 16 January 2017 08: 03
    +7
    the Chinese need to be pushed from artificial islands into the sea

    I would look with interest how they (push) will do it. As if we ourselves would not be instead of the deck in the sea.
    1. Lelek
      Lelek 16 January 2017 09: 42
      0
      Quote: rotmistr60
      I would look with interest how they (push) will do it.


      Like the notorious "Kukk" in the Black Sea. bully
  7. antivirus
    antivirus 16 January 2017 09: 06
    0
    James Mattis believes the world order is in great jeopardy. One of the main dangers is the actions of Beijing in the South China Sea.
    "Human rights in China" and "friendship across the Pacific" will emerge.
    The other order is already ripe.
    There is only one question: who in the USA will aloud agree with the dominance of China?
  8. Galleon
    Galleon 16 January 2017 09: 56
    +4
    Congressional hearings of candidates for government positions are taking place. Candidates from Trump, who has enough enemies in the ruling elite. Well? .. To pass these hearings and not be rejected, these candidates must say whatever Congress pleases. The listeners need to create the idea that although Trump does not look traditional in the American political environment, he will be surrounded by "traditionally and sane" assistants. I would not pay much attention to the current words and statements, this is still a burp of elections going on. Let's take a look at the actions after the inauguration.
  9. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 16 January 2017 10: 54
    +2
    China poured islands. The USA will fall asleep to the sea. Ukrov must have been announced, they have experience in volumetric work.
  10. g1washntwn
    g1washntwn 16 January 2017 12: 40
    +1
    For the PRC, seizing islands is not new. By analogy with Damansky - "who got up first - that and the slippers." In this case, the island is poured, a hut with the flag of the PRC and a machine gun are placed on it. The question is that if an artificial island is recognized as an island, then the exclusive economic space of the PRC arises automatically around it. And this, in such a narrow passage, is like a security who closed the entire doorway with his back :) It is not at all comme il faut for the Americans who are used to swimming and flying as they wander.
  11. wasjasibirjac
    wasjasibirjac 16 January 2017 13: 13
    0
    wait and see. Now this is all a fortune-telling on the coffee grounds as to how Trump will act in foreign policy. After all, he is primarily a pro-American president and a billionaire businessman, he always offers a deal in his favor.
    1. kriwo.alek
      kriwo.alek 16 January 2017 13: 41
      0
      If Trump always offers a deal in his favor, then don't put a finger in the mouth of the Chinese either. So it is likely that the scythe will find it on the stone. And this is how they say: either a member in half, or a vagina in bounce. But wait and see. Not long left. For half a year.
  12. Mar.Tirah
    Mar.Tirah 16 January 2017 13: 26
    +3
    I hope Trump has the strength and mind not to aggravate the already difficult situation in the TAR. They do not understand that their actions only spur our rapprochement with China before their threats. Our technologies and Chinese capabilities can reach such a level that the Pentagon is already I don’t have enough strength to keep up with them. And in my time, only a madman agrees to a large-scale war in our time.
    1. Nyrobsky
      Nyrobsky 16 January 2017 14: 28
      +3
      Quote: Mar. Tira
      I hope Trump has the strength and mind not to aggravate the already difficult situation in the TAR. They do not understand that their actions only spur our rapprochement with China before their threats. Our technologies and Chinese capabilities can reach such a level that the Pentagon is already I don’t have enough strength to keep up with them. And in my time, only a madman agrees to a large-scale war in our time.

      Something like this. Moreover, the Chinese have for some time now developed quite good anti-ship missiles, which significantly reduce the role of the mattress fleet. Running mattress marines along the coast of China, is also not destined, due to the presence of China is not weak ground forces. Blocking it from the sea will be a great stupidity for the United States, as it only spurs China to accelerate rapprochement with Russia and implement joint projects to build a new Silk Road, which will significantly reduce the time of cargo transportation, which is currently carried out by 80% by sea. You can try to get rid of the PRC with economic measures, but no matter how it would turn out to the mattresses themselves, total losses. In short, no matter where you throw it, there’s an ambush everywhere))) Most likely it’s just rhetoric for a jury of senators and congressmen.
  13. jovanni
    jovanni 16 January 2017 13: 30
    +1
    "... received not only the nickname" Warrior Monk ", but also the eerie nickname" Mad Dog. "

    Chinese, like Koreans, can eat dogs. I think it’s crazy if it is cooked correctly ...
    1. cap
      cap 16 January 2017 15: 46
      0
      Quote: Jovanni
      "... received not only the nickname" Warrior Monk ", but also the eerie nickname" Mad Dog. "

      Chinese, like Koreans, can eat dogs. I think it’s crazy if it is cooked correctly ...


      The main thing is a lot of hot sauce, vodka "Posolskaya", in the company with Koreans in the restaurant "Seoul", it lasted for 20 minutes. laughing More pickled mushrooms. A dream.
  14. kriwo.alek
    kriwo.alek 16 January 2017 13: 36
    0
    The situation is similar to our Kuril Islands. Give Japan at least one island, and our Pacific Fleet will be trapped. Do not leave the islands in the South China Sea behind you, will be in the same position. NATO is now not at war with China. Our weapons (and we will sell, why not) are both the Chinese army and the whole of NATO.
  15. Volzhanin
    Volzhanin 16 January 2017 14: 21
    +2
    Maybe it’s time for our disreputable authorities too to send the SIGNALS with a demand to stop the impudent cattle-catcher and expose them in all their glory, calling things by their proper names?
  16. iouris
    iouris 18 January 2017 01: 45
    0
    One old monkey wanted to drink the sea ... The Chinese, if desired, can try to manually bury the United States.
  17. 3vs
    3vs 18 January 2017 13: 13
    0
    I'm afraid the arrogant Saxons have already missed this opportunity!
    It will be difficult to fight the 1 380 083 000 Chinese ...