(07-05-2016, 01:25 PM)BlueKelah Wrote: China is pushing all of us in asean around. They have nuclear sub capability so unless we go nuclear sub really better to be their friend than try to fight them. Other option is ally with usa loh
Boom a nuclear to Philippines they also cant do much.
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My take is China is doing all these "defensively" because of washington policy of "Pivoting Asia" is really a policy of containment of china. But America doesn't do it openly it always uses proxies.
If you try to imagine china in the center and countries surrounding it like vietnam, cambodia, phillippines, south korea, thailand, australia, indonesia, malaysia, singapore japan, taiwan all have close links with america now in some form and all these countries are in a pace of rapid modernization of their military and navies so this region is definitely in a big arms race that nobody wants to openly talk about.
And just last week it was reported in Straits times US and India are now having discussion about anti-submarine warfare in the indian ocean. So china is virtually 'surrounded' so that's why they adopt an aggressive posture, going after phillippine vietnam, japan also as a way to probe their responses.
If you see china build up in spratly islands and it is a military build up that's their "buffer zone of engagement" why? You look at the interactive chart that south china sea it's a beehive of commercial shipping activity a conflict erupting there will have a huge impact to the financial system and everybody's economy in that region and nobody wants that so nobody will risk anything as all will suffer heavily so that's why it's the best place to have defensive buffer zone. As long as nothing happens fine but anybody tries anything funny they will overturn the place. My guess and my opnion is any conflict will first take place there long before it reaches the chinese mainland.