Thursday, July 14, 2016

Dangerous power game in the South China Sea - Tinderbox say Analysts

China ratified the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and choosing to deliberately ignore the Hague ruling makes this an important watershed moment for international law.

China has been ramping up domestic fervor over the situation. With so much of its military, naval and air, and military activity from various regional nations, and the increasing presence of US military assets, a military “accident” could very easily happen.

The Cuarteron Reef in the South China Sea
The U.S. has been adamant about asserting the right to the international law principle of ‘freedom of navigation’ in the area, which is one of the most important international shipping areas in the world.

If China refuses negotiations and insists on it's hard-line position while other nations including the U.S. do not bend to Beijing's will the stage will be set for military conflict.