China’s military establishment assures us that their development of the offensive capability that inherently adheres to an aircraft carrier is for purely defensive purposes. Regional neighbors have nothing to fear. Or else:
Tensions in the potentially resource-rich South China Sea flared as Vietnam accused China of sabotaging a seismic survey boat while China warned its neighbors to stop looking for oil in the disputed territory without its permission.
Beijing’s efforts to extend the reach and influence of its military, alongside its hunger for natural resources, have contributed to mounting worries in recent months over the stability of the South China Sea.
The coming resource wars will first be fought across the spectrum of conflict within reach of the second island chain. In time, they will extend through the strait of Malacca and into the Indian Ocean and beyond, to the so-called third island chain.