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US and China: Washington "Extremely Concerned"

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The United States announced its intention to increase the number of operations involving military ships to ensure freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and accused the Chinese authorities of "militarizing" the situation in the region. In response, China expressed the hope that the United States would stop heating up the situation around the sea. Experts believe that China, taking advantage of the confrontation between Russia and the West, took up the strengthening of its position in the South China Sea.




February 26 TASS delivered a statement from Daniel Kritenbrink, Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council of the White House, who spoke at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The United States urges Xi Jinping to extend its promise "not to engage in militarization" of the Nansha (Spratly) islands to the entire South China Sea, said Kritrenbrink. “We believe that it would be good if he (Xi Jinping) would extend his promise to refuse militarization to the entire South China Sea,” a US administration official quoted TASS. “We will call on our Chinese friends and other countries in the region to refrain from taking measures that increase tensions.”

Kritrenbrink stressed that China should respect the future decision of the international court on a dispute with the Philippines on the islands in the South China Sea, which is expected this year.

In addition, on Thursday, the head of the Pentagon, Ashton Carter, reminded that the Pacific power is not someone, but the United States. “We do not want anyone to dominate the region and oust the United States from there. We are a Pacific power, ”he explained. The United States will maintain a full military presence there and “will fly, swim and act wherever international law allows.”

In another message TASS, from 23 February, cites the opinion of the head of the Pacific Command of the American Armed Forces (PACOM), Admiral Harry Harris. He believes that Chinese authorities are seeking hegemony in East Asia.

Responding to a request to name the strategic goals of the “militarization of the disputed islands of the South China Sea” Beijing, the admiral noted that the PRC “is striving for hegemony in East Asia” and regional control. Bulk work and military build-up change the operational environment in the South China Sea, Harris is convinced.

According to him, the bulk works, including the construction of airstrips, as well as anti-aircraft missile systems, radars and other military equipment that Beijing places on the disputed islands, militarize the South China Sea. In addition, Harris believes that the ships in service with the Chinese Navy, along with those under development, "pose a threat to American cargo ships."

“I believe that we have the opportunity, if necessary, to do what we have to do,” he concluded.

China also made statements.

China hopes that the United States will stop aggravating the situation around the South China Sea, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry Hong Lei told 26 in February at a briefing.

“We hope that the countries concerned will stop heating up the situation and stop lying about the South China Sea,” said Hun Lei, who commented on the latest statements by Harris, RIA News".

“What he (Harris) is doing is trying to sully the reputation of the PRC and justify the actions of the United States in the South China Sea.” But no matter how many times he speaks about it, the facts remain facts, ”the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC stressed.

As for the growth of “tension” that US officials are talking about, analyst Sergey Manukov ("Expert") recalls that in the media at first information appeared about the placement of missiles by the Chinese on those disputed islands, some of which were artificially built up with the help of sand. Then we talked about the Chinese fighters on the islands. Now the media in the West have already reported on the construction on the Spratly archipelago of space for radar, which will allow to control the South China Sea.

The Washington Center for Strategic and International Studies came to the conclusion. The basis for it was satellite imagery from February 12. On the islands of Quarteron Reef, Gaven Reef, Hughes Reef and Johnson Reef, according to experts from the Pentagon and CSIS, constructions similar to a radar center are being built. With the help of high-frequency radar you can monitor the ships and aircraft. True, the Pentagon admits that ocean currents can also be measured with such radars.

The results of the CSIS study were published a week after Washington accused Beijing of deploying two anti-aircraft missile batteries with 8 HQ-9 complexes equipped with ground-to-air missiles on another uninhabited island in the South China Sea, the analyst said.

To this should be added at least a dozen fighter jets J-11s and JH-7s, discovered by observers on Woody, the largest island of the Paracel archipelago in the northern part of the sea.

What leads to the rise of the notorious "tension" between China and the United States?

"China took advantage of the growing confrontation situation between Russia and the West and now abruptly took up the strengthening of its position in the South China Sea," said "Free Press" Leading expert at the Center for Military-Political Studies MGIMO, Doctor of Political Sciences Mikhail Alexandrov.

According to the scientist, China wants to create strategic superiority over the United States in the South China and East China Seas. In the future, this will allow Beijing to annex Taiwan, and also prevent the US naval forces close to its coast. In the end, the Chinese coast will be inaccessible to the American aviation (except for strategic bombers). Also in this case, US forces will not be able to block China’s maritime communications. But China itself will be able to block any communications in the region, including those that go through the Strait of Malacca.

“Beijing is creating for this a system of islands that host the newest weapon. I should note that the Chinese fighters J-11 and JH-7, located on Woody Island, are superior to the US Navy aircraft - in particular, the main combat aircraft F-18. Even the American F-35, I believe, will not be able to with the newest Chinese fighters, since naval front-line aviation is traditionally weaker than the ground.

On the other hand, China has signed a contract for the purchase in Russia of multifunctional newest Su-35 fighters, which will ensure complete air supremacy over the South China Sea. In the end, the Americans will not be able to accommodate the newest F-22 on their carrier group, and, as recent data show, the F-22 is not so terrible as it was ground. ”


The expert believes that Beijing is doing the right thing in this case. The United States lacks the resources to resist all potential adversaries. As a result, Beijing will first dominate the South China Sea, and then "chop off the disputed Senkaku Islands from the Japanese, and there too will create a naval bastion." This will allow Beijing to take control of the East China Sea.

As a result, we will add on our own, the “tension” that the US military and politicians are saying will only increase. Where it leads? To the third world war? Or to a major local confrontation between the United States and China at sea? Hardly. The United States really sprayed its forces, trying to preserve the status of a world hegemon, and China cleverly took advantage of this.

However, regional defense of the Celestial Empire is quite possible. For example, in the form of missile defense and in the form of more active involvement of the allies - primarily Japan, which, in fact, argues with China over some islands. South Korea will not remain “unreached”. As a result, “tension” will lead to an increase in the arms race in the region, historical the cause of which is likely to be considered China.

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  1. Great-grandfather of Zeus
    Great-grandfather of Zeus 2 March 2016 06: 28 New
    +5
    I'll try to guess, give me money ???
    1. subbtin.725
      subbtin.725 2 March 2016 06: 32 New
      +4
      As a result, Beijing first will dominate the South China Sea, and then "Chopping off the disputed Senkaku Islands from the Japanese, and there, too, will create a naval bastion." This will allow Beijing to take control of the East China Sea.

      But Vaska listens and eats .... The thing is that the whales managed to ensure that the Yankees and their satellites acted according to the situation, and the strategy itself has been looking for decades. In no case should Russia relax. The whales are not good friends to us partners based on the current political situation, because everything can change when God forbid Russia weakens.
      1. Sensatus
        Sensatus 2 March 2016 06: 45 New
        +4
        The Americans are so used to wet the Papuans that they relaxed and profaned real rivals. Now they can only worry.
        1. guzik007
          guzik007 2 March 2016 09: 23 New
          +1
          Americans are so used to
          ----------------------------------
          However, the trend is being traced. Previously, stripes led the situation in the world, creating certain challenges and problems. Today, they only have time to helplessly click fangs around, like an old cat, around which screeched mice scurry around.: =)
        2. alicante11
          alicante11 2 March 2016 13: 33 New
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          The Americans are so used to wet the Papuans that they relaxed and profaned real rivals. Now they can only worry.


          In vain do you think that the Americans slammed something. China militarily against amers is zero. The Chinese have only about 400 modern aircraft. What does it mean mostly SU-27 family fighters, only about a third of the Su-30 multipurpose fighters. The number of modern air defense systems is about one and a half hundred. What does the Chinese have a failure in the field of medium-range air defense. They buy C-300, but maneuverable Bukahs - no. Therefore, C-300, covered by the ancient C-75 and short-range complexes can be easily destroyed by a massive blow. Moreover, they do not stand in a heap at all, but cover different objects and can be destroyed in turn. The Chinese fleet with Amer’s does not even make sense to compare. China’s nuclear potential is, of course, a mystery. But, I think that in this situation it is better to intimidate the enemy with a bluff than to downplay their capabilities. Therefore, most likely, the Chinese nuclear arsenal will not have a guaranteed retaliatory strike.
          So the Chinese now need to sit quietly on the pope and pray that the Americans will take care of us. And for some reason they climb the islands, although world wars have shown that it is impossible to maintain island bases without dominance in the air or at sea (the defeat of the German Pacific empire and the destruction of the Japanese defense belt on the islands of the Pacific Ocean).
          I do not understand what is pushing the Chinese into this adventure.
          1. Amurets
            Amurets 3 March 2016 00: 02 New
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            Quote: alicante11

            In vain do you think that the Americans slammed something. China militarily against amers is zero.

            Read books: Red Dragon: modern Chinese Navy. Author Yu.V. Vedernikov. Do not look at the date of publication. For 10 years it only intensified. A.P. Devyatov. Red Dragon: China and Russia in the XXI century. And why Someone did not think about such a problem of the PRC as a large excess of men. Girls were always an unwanted child in China, since they went to her husband and fed other people's parents. Before the law appeared: One family, one child was not so critical. With the advent of new methods for determining the sex of the fetus, if a girl was conceived, they tried to get rid of her, since the breadwinner of the family, in the absence of the pension system in China, was the son.
            1. flay
              flay 3 March 2016 13: 38 New
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              Amur (2)
              Literally this year, infa passed on TV that this law was repealed in China.
        3. Talgat
          Talgat 2 March 2016 18: 19 New
          +1
          Quote: Sensatus
          relaxed and profaned real rivals


          I wanted to remind everyone that the Americans are not "profiting" anything - they have everything "seized"
          Their geopolitics is the most successful in the 20 century. They have achieved world domination - they print unsecured currency and sell treasures - in fact the whole world works for them and their allies (Golden Billion - Europe and Japan) as slaves in ancient Rome

          They 100% clearly understand that the military threat No. 1 for them is Russia with nuclear weapons

          That the geopolitical adversary No. 1 is China - which will soon begin to destroy the foundations of power and dominance of the United States and the West due to its growth

          But it’s just not profitable for them to announce this in their media and start a direct confrontation with the Russian Federation and China - like the Russian Federation and China - everyone understands everything, but everyone is silent for now. And the struggle has already begun - the fronts are the creation of the EAC and the consolidation of Eurasia around Russia, China's strengthening of its position on the ocean, Syria and Iran, and your Ukraine as well
      2. Sirocco
        Sirocco 2 March 2016 11: 57 New
        +1
        Quote: subbtin.725
        And Vaska listens and eats ...

        I completely agree with you, we should not click our face, because we do not have friends, and this phrase is already hackneyed. So we need to be more careful with China both in the military sphere and on our domestic market, they assimilate us, and as a result replace culture, religion, and there is no Far East, some Chinese with Feng Shui, Wushu, and other oriental gadgets.
        Now about the impudence from the United States and the company.
        The US is urging Xi Jinping to extend its promise not to militarize the Nansha (Spratly) Islands throughout the South China Sea, Critenbrink said.

        Somewhere and from someone I heard, a promise not to spread the NATO bloc to the east.
        Is it like I don’t notice logs in my eye?
    2. max702
      max702 2 March 2016 21: 06 New
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      It seems to me alone that the problem of China will be solved by mattresses in the spirit of "bird flu"? So far, they need China themselves, and it has not crossed the red line, and they did not manage to weaken Russia to the required condition .. So I think everything is ahead. And it will be decided not on the seas and in the air, but in underground laboratories in test tubes and flasks. Those last epidemics that we saw are such small exercises, but when it comes down to it, then everything will be much more serious ..
  2. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 2 March 2016 06: 57 New
    +4
    “We do not want anyone to dominate the region and squeeze out the United States. We are a Pacific power. ”

    The United States has completely lost its shores - they openly say that only they can dominate. Well, China does not intimidate such statements. He himself wants to be a dominant male in this region and, as it should be in nature, he will fight for it. But how and by what methods we will see.
    1. Blondy
      Blondy 2 March 2016 08: 13 New
      +3
      Quote: rotmistr60
      The United States has completely lost its shores - they openly say that only they can dominate.

      A little correction: they want to dominate, but whether they can - that’s the question and the problem.
  3. Fearless
    Fearless 2 March 2016 08: 14 New
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    Yes, let them go to China and stay there under the ocean, and no one will help them.
  4. Belousov
    Belousov 2 March 2016 08: 20 New
    +3
    It will not come to an open confrontation with China, there is a huge turnover of goods and no one will destroy it, neither Beijing nor Fashington. China understands this very well and therefore is bending its line, but there is nothing for the staff members to answer.
    1. the47th
      the47th 2 March 2016 09: 24 New
      +1
      Quote: Belousov
      Fashington

      What an elegant typo! Especially in the commentary on an article affecting US global hegemony.
    2. alicante11
      alicante11 2 March 2016 13: 37 New
      +1
      It will not come to an open confrontation with China, there is a huge turnover of goods and no one will destroy it, neither Beijing nor Fashington. China understands this very well and therefore is bending its line, but there is nothing for the staff members to answer.


      Americans may well leave their blacks without new iPhones. Moreover, in the event of a crisis and war, the incomes of the amerskoy population will fall dramatically and they will have no time for consumerism. Whereas the Chinese without amerskoy sales market in a month will be overstocked so that the economy will collapse under the weight of unsold products. So China has nothing to answer with. Neither in the economy nor in the military field. It's just that the Americans have not yet lost hope of profit from Russia, and they want to leave the easier prey "for later."
  5. Kudrevkn
    Kudrevkn 2 March 2016 08: 59 New
    +1
    The Strait of Malacca is steeper than the Bosphorus, Dardanelles and Suez combined! China, having built runways on the islands and equipped them with air defense (ABM) systems cheaply and cheerfully, in the shortest possible time will create a counterbalance to the American, Japanese and South Korean fleets combined, because it will be able to use the continental armed forces, including tactical aviation and the Strategic Missile Forces! The Soviet and Russian Navy (KTOF) have always been on duty in the Strait of Malacca and Tsushima, realizing the fact that more than a quarter of world trade goes through these "golden gates"! The control of this global trade artery gives that "golden" key from the "door to Universal happiness" or "noose" for the USA and Japan, as well as South Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Brunei, ... and even Qatar, whose gas carriers go there with the timetable of suburban trains to Ryazan? I personally "was on duty" there at the BS in 1988, so I say what I have a personal idea about ...
  6. Pvi1206
    Pvi1206 2 March 2016 09: 11 New
    +1
    Kritrenbrink stressed that China should respect the future decision of the international court on a dispute with the Philippines on the islands in the South China Sea, which is expected this year.

    The United States respects no decisions of international organizations other than the opposing force.
    Therefore, China is on the right track.
    1. sa-ag
      sa-ag 2 March 2016 10: 03 New
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      Quote: Pvi1206
      Therefore, China is on the right track.

      No, this is an illusion, the seizure of disputed territories without a decision of an international court is not the right way, it is an attempt to forcibly change the course of history, Japan dealt with this in the last century, how it ended
      1. alicante11
        alicante11 2 March 2016 13: 39 New
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        No, this is an illusion, the seizure of disputed territories without a decision of an international court is not the right way, it is an attempt to forcibly change the course of history, Japan dealt with this in the last century, how it ended


        Well, the amers can, why can't the Russians and the Chinese? Another thing is that you have to take the wear on your own. So our smaller yellow brothers, perhaps, will overstrain, like our no less yellow "not brothers" in the last century.
  7. mr.grin19z
    mr.grin19z 2 March 2016 10: 48 New
    0
    Americans don’t realize what time is doing, they are slowly coming to an end, and you have to be completely sick to set conditions for everyone who wants to.
  8. savage1976
    savage1976 2 March 2016 10: 57 New
    0
    Why not call China to quietly sit behind its puddle and poke its nose into other people's affairs.
    1. Kenneth
      Kenneth 2 March 2016 12: 32 New
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      They are too connected. USA is a market for China, China has too many US securities
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  9. Shirts
    Shirts 2 March 2016 12: 15 New
    +1
    However, the Chinese are nevertheless closer to the US today, and not to us. We are not that they are not allies, but, to a certain extent, enemies and competitors, in terms of influence on the Asia-Pacific region.
  10. ML-334
    ML-334 2 March 2016 12: 27 New
    +2
    I will put on the Japanese, I think they are capable of action. As for China, without Russia, he is so all on "show-off", kind of naive cunning. Tales about someone sitting there and watching how two tigers fight do not roll, then one will hook (Crimea, Syria ) then another, in this case. It is necessary to determine the "comrades".
  11. Kenneth
    Kenneth 2 March 2016 12: 30 New
    +1
    How many China carrier groups? Maybe there are many submarines with anti-ship missiles. Or found a topic to enter Russia in graters for other people's interests?
  12. Tektor
    Tektor 2 March 2016 14: 15 New
    0
    Today, and yesterday, the Pacific power, as, indeed, of any other ocean, will be the only one that can ensure aerospace domination over this ocean. The presence of ships and submarines is important, but their level of combat readiness is absolutely not important, although it is welcome, especially in terms of air defense / missile defense, if there is total superiority over them in air and space. Therefore, the military potential of the fleet is not so important as its numerical strength and ability to be present in the far sea zone with absolute support from above, including aircraft carriers, although this is not cost-effective. I am talking about superiority on the basis of the T-50, MiG-41, PAK DA and our long-range aviation. Need a large combat radius and long-range weapons of high accuracy. KVM.