U.S. won’t tolerate changed status quo in Senkakus, South China Sea | GlobalPost

The United States warned Saturday it will not tolerate attempts by any country to change the status quo in the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea and islands claimed by some Southeast Asian countries and Taiwan in the South China Sea.

“The United States stands firmly against any coercive attempts to alter the status quo,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a speech at the Asia Security Summit in Singapore, an apparent reference to China’s recent assertiveness over the Senkakus and disputed islands in the South China Sea such as the Spratlys.

U.S. won’t tolerate changed status quo in Senkakus, South China Sea | GlobalPost

I am wondering if this is just one step less than declaring war on China?

What has China said about its territorial claims in the East China Sea and South China Sea?

China has regarded the Japanese administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea as its core interest, China’s foreign ministry has announced for the first time.

The Diaoyu Islands are about sovereignty and territorial integrity and is China’s core interest, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press conference.

China officially declares disputed Senkaku Islands as being of ‘core interest’ – Yahoo! News India

We also know from Chinese statements in the past that China will wage war over its “core interests.”

I think this means that conflict between the US and China is going to get worse. Time to start thinking about the possibility of war. Check out these articles:

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