As has been widely reported, the Navy sent a Burke class destroyer on another freedom of navigation operation, this time near Fiery Cross Reef in the disputed
, near the Spratly Islands . Indications
suggest it was another of the worse-than-nothing Innocent Passages which
actually wind up acknowledging Chinese sovereignty rather than disputing
it. Setting that legalistic technicality
aside, what are these operations accomplishing?
They certainly haven’t slowed the pace of Philippines ’s land reclamation efforts. They haven’t slowed the rate of expansion of
Chinese claimed territories. They
haven’t eased any tensions. In short,
they’re accomplishing nothing. China
At some point, we have to either abandon the South and
and leave the neighboring countries to their inevitable Chinese annexation
fates or we have to physically stop Chinese expansion activities. What we’re doing now with an occasional
passage that actually solidifies Chinese claims is just ramping up tensions for
no good result. East China Seas
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So, what can we do short of declaring war? Well, here’s a list of suggestions.
Physically herd Chinese supply ships out of the area. Bump their ships, sail into their path, and make it impossible for them to get to the disputed location. There is precedence for this since the Chinese have herded our ships and other foreign country’s ships with these tactics on numerous occasions. The Soviets also did it routinely during the Cold War.
Swamp any supplies that make it ashore. Make high speed passes as close as possible to create large wakes (a use for the LCS?!) that will wash away supplies and equipment. After all, we claim that these are international waters so we’re free to sail where and how we want.
has certainly firmly established the precedent of
high speed, very close range passes! Russia
Form a physical blockade with ships. It would only take a few ships. These are tiny points of reefs, not large land masses. Form a barrier and don’t let Chinese ships through.
Blow stuff up. We have drones, subs with torpedoes, and special forces whose job is to covertly blow things up. If a pile of supplies exploded, it’s probably because the Chinese had explosives or unstable chemicals in the supplies, right?
Conduct land recycling operations on the same location that
is trying to reclaim land. As fast as they reclaim it, we’ll recycle it
back to the ocean! These are not Chinese
lands according to us, so we have as much right to recycle as they have to
reclaim – probably more right since we can claim we’re protecting reef
Ultimately, we have to be prepared and willing to escalate in order to stop the Chinese. If we are not prepared to do so then we should leave.