From the moment that Donald Trump was elected President, China has been out to annoy and provoke the United States in one manner or another.
As The Donald began collecting congratulatory sentiments from prominent members of the world’s elite leaders, he was graced with a phone call from the Taiwanese President who, of course, wanted to wish him well on his newest endeavor. This, of course, irked China to no end, as the communist superpower has long believed that Taiwan is owned by China, and in no way deserving of operating their own government.
This was strike one, apparently, as the Chinese leadership took a nasty dig at then President-elect Trump for his alleged faux-pas.
Furthermore, the Chinese government’s tepid excuse for assistance when it came to the issue of North Korea’s continued expansion in the realm of nuclear weapons has many Americans skeptical of the Asian nation’s true intent when it comes to the United States.
Now, to make matters worse, a dispute over the South China Sea, and China’s claim of ownership, has escalated as the Chinese government has condemned a maneuver by a U.S. warship in the region.
“Beijing said on Saturday (Jan 20) it had dispatched a warship to drive away a US missile destroyer which had ‘violated’ its sovereignty by sailing close to a shoal in the disputed South China Sea.
“The USS Hopper sailed within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan Island on the night of Jan 17 without alerting Beijing, the foreign ministry said, referring to the shoal by its Chinese name.
“Also known as Scarborough Shoal, the ring of reefs lies about 230km from the Philippines in the South China Sea, where Beijing’s claims are hotly contested by other nations.
“The US vessel ‘violated China’s sovereignty and security interests’ and put the safety of nearby Chinese vessels ‘under grave threat’, foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.
“China’s defence ministry said in a separate statement that a Chinese frigate ‘immediately took actions to identify and verify the US ship and drove it away by warning’ it.”
American intelligence operations have long believed that the Chinese military are creating artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea in order to fortify the nation’s defenses and continue their stranglehold on countries such as Taiwan – something that the U.S. is vehemently opposed to.
Now that China is directly shooing ships away from the region, suspicions have been raised once again, complicating that relationship between the two superpowers. With the U.S. on the precipice of conflict with North Korea, this move in this disputed piece of ocean could become a game changer.