War! Predicts Chinese Admiral, Professor

War! Predicts Chinese Admiral, Professor

On October 26, 2015,  following long demands from Congress for action and months of debate in Washington, and much to China’s anxiety, US guided missile destroyer, USS Lassen has sailed within 12 nautical miles (22 kilometers) of Subi reef.

During a video conference with US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, Admiral Wu Shengli said that “If the United States continues with these kinds of dangerous, provocative acts, there could well be a seriously pressing situation between frontline forces from both sides on the sea and in the air, or even a minor incident that sparks war.”

If the United States continues with these kinds of dangerous, provocative acts, there could well be a seriously pressing situation between frontline forces from both sides on the sea and in the air, or even a minor incident that sparks war.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry also calls the path taken by the American warship “illegal” and says that the US has “proceeded with the naval exercise despite repeated warnings by the government of China in Beijing.”

The Foreign Ministry also adds that “China will defend its sovereignty, security and rights in the maritime space” and the Chinese side is “ready to give an appropriate response to any country’s provocations.”

“China will defend its sovereignty, security and rights in the maritime space.”

“[China is] ready to give an appropriate response to any country’s provocations.”

Macau University Professor Dingding Chen, also warns of war if the US furthers naval exercises in the disputed regions in the South China Sea. According to Chen, “There is no doubt that the U.S. has officially stepped into a very complicated matter in the South China Sea — and it is a risky one.”

And that “[China’s] words should not be taken lightly; after all China regards the South China Sea as one of its core national interests. That means, if necessary, China would go to war to defend them — though war is always the last resort when everything else fails.”

“If necessary, China would go to war to defend them — though war is always the last resort when everything else fails.”

 

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SUBI REEF ASIA MARITIME TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE http://amti.csis.org/subi-reef-tracker/#

Subi reef feature is diamond shaped maritime feature that measures 6.9km on the longer axis and 5km along the shorter axis. It encloses a lagoon measuring 3.5km at its maximum width. In its natural state, the reef is submerged at high tide, with some breakers breaking the surface at low tide.

In the early 90s, China has begun construction on Subi and Cuateron Reefs. In 2010 and 2011 constructions of lighthouses and a 20m diameter dome are reported. It is China’s northernmost outpost in the Spratly Island group.

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The reef is 25 kilometers (km) from Philippine civilian populations (Kalayaan Group of Islands) and 14km from the Thitu Reef cluster (Pagasa) occupied by the Philippines.

 

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Amang Laya
Amang Laya
Amang Laya is the South China Sea News Today's contributor-at-large. He is a graduate of the University of the Philippines. He spends his days monitoring the latest news and views on the South China Sea Dispute.

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