by Pamela Williams
I think what the American people need to realize right now, President Trump and his Team mean business…to say when they speak they mean it. I think we have become accustomed to lack of action in the Obama Presidency. That is until the end of Obama’s Presidency, and then we saw Obama take more action than in his whole Presidency; however, unfortunately it was not in the Americans people’s favor. It is sad to say we had gotten use to that. Now we must get used to putting our welfare and faith in President Trump and his Cabinet. I can honestly say I am ready to do that, and I like the feeling of being able to trust my President.
So does this mean we are going to support war with China if that is what it is coming to? President Trump and his pick for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, are no doubt adamant about stopping China in the South China Sea. Does America want to be respected as a super-power again? Do we want to mean it when we draw a red line in the sand? I can honestly say, yes, I do. You cannot be a man of your word, and run when your word is challenged. You have to step up to the plate and fight for what you believe in. That is my bottom line.
It is being reported as we speak the new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump has vowed the United States would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea. This is something Chinese state media has warned would require Washington to “wage war.” Sean Spicer, Trump’s White House spokesman said this:
The U.S. is going to make sure that we protect our interests there,” Spicer said when asked if Trump agreed with comments by his secretary of state nominee, Rex Tillerson. On Jan. 11, Tillerson said China should not be allowed access to islands it has built in the contested South China Sea. “It’s a question of if those islands are in fact in international waters and not part of China, then yeah, we’re going to make sure that we defend international territories from being taken over by one country,” he said. (I think he means it.)
China responded on Tuesday, saying the United Sates was not a party to dispute in the South China Sea. “We urge the United States to respect the facts, speak and act cautiously to avoid harming the peace and stability of the South China Sea,” Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular news briefing in Beijing.
So we can surmise that the United States and China mean what they say, and both parties are NUCLEAR POWERS. THIS IS THE CHILLING FACT. I cannot see the United States or China backing down from this conflict. Rex Tillerson is soon to be the legitimate Secretary of State, and he is presently a trusted Trump confidant. Tillerson seems to me to be a man who knows exactly what he wants, and he is definitely in command of his intent to get it. President Trump has chosen a very powerful Cabinet…men who are commanders…not puppets of commanders.
Spicer suggested the possibility of U.S. military action, or even a naval blockade. Such action would risk an armed confrontation with China. Trump has made accusations China is stealing American jobs, and we know President Trump is committed to the American worker; thus, there is no love lost between Trump and China.
Washington-based South China Sea expert Mira Rapp-Hooper at the Center for a New American Security called the threats to bar China’s access in the South China Sea “incredible” and said it had no basis in international law.“A blockade – which is what would be required to actually bar access – is an act of war,” she added.“The Trump administration has begun to draw red lines in Asia that they will almost certainly not be able to uphold, but they may nonetheless be very destabilizing to the relationship with China, invite crises, and convince the rest of the world that the United States is an unreliable partner.”
Bonnie Glaser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank called Spicer’s remarks “worrisome” and said the new administration was “sending confusing and conflicting messages.”Dean Cheng, a China expert at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said Spicer’s remarks showed the South China Sea was an important issue for the Trump administration. He said it was significant that neither Spicer nor Tillerson had been specific as to what actions would be taken and this left open the possibility that economic measures – instead of military steps – could be used against China and firms that carry out island building.
A bold call from the White House sure to rub China the wrong way.
Donald Trump’s administration hinting at tough steps to Block Beijing’s claims in international waters.
Press secretary Sean Spicer saying America will defend territories from being taken over.
He didn’t give any detail on how the U.S. might back up the fighting talk, but it’s another sign of a sharp break under Trump after years of Washington taking a cautious approach with Beijing.
Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson has already said China should be denied access to the artificial islands it’s built.
Chinese state media firing back, saying the U.S. would have to “wage war” for that to happen.
Trump aides say the president wants a major naval build-up in East Asia to counter China’s rise.
But experts warn that any move against Chinese fleets could spark a dangerous escalation.
One telling Reuters that if Trump were to take a military approach, he’d be acting with no legal basis, and that blocking China’s access to the islands would amount to an act of war.