By now, I'm sure you've read about the Chinese task force passing through United States territorial waters (inside the 12 mile limit) near Alaska in an exercise referred to as "innocent passage". This procedure allows ships to pass through another country's territorial waters under certain conditions. ComNavOps has no problem, per se, with the Chinese exercising their rights. There are, however, a few noteworthy aspects to this incident.
First, the timing was such that the incident occurred as President Obama was conducting a trip to Alaska. The timing and the implicit message could not be more obvious. However, we'll leave the political aspects and move on.
The maneuver cannot be interpreted as anything but provocative. The Chinese ships were not in a position where they had no choice but to take that particular path. The choice was deliberate. This should speak volumes to us about our current policy of appeasement. The more we back off, accommodate, and make peaceful gestures and concessions, the more aggressive the Chinese behave. That's not surprising, really. History tells us with 100% certainty that appeasement only encourages further aggression.
Remember the incident in Dec 2013 when the Aegis cruiser Cowpens was harassed and chased off from observing a Chinese carrier in international waters in the South China Sea? We meekly left the area after being harassed and warned off. We left international waters! Despite this appeasement, China engages in deliberately provocative maneuvers in US territorial waters. Do you see the blatant failure of appeasement? And this is just one example.
So, the Chinese pattern of response to our appeasement is further provocation and aggression. So much for appeasement.
What we should have done is observe the Chinese innocent passage by having our ships literally bump the Chinese the entire passage and having a non-stop succession of aircraft conduct low level supersonic observation passes over the Chinese ships throughout the entire passage. If they wanted to send messages, we should have answered with our own.
I can already hear the sniveling and whining. "We can't risk escalation". Well, I've got news for you if you can stop wetting yourself long enough to hear it - the Chinese are escalating the situation on a daily basis. We need to either get in the fight or back completely out of the Pacific and learn to speak Mandarin while we wait for the Chinese to reach San Francisco.