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Pacific conflict looms between America and China

Put together the three Ts — Taiwan, Tillerson and trade — and there seems little doubt that Trump’s America is steaming towards a confrontation with China. That is all the more likely given that China, under President Xi Jinping, has itself moved in a markedly more nationalist direction.

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In his speech in Davos this week, Mr Xi will doubtless present himself as the voice of calm in the Pacific. In reality, China is putting increasing military, diplomatic and economic pressure on America’s allies in Asia. Countries such as South Korea and Singapore had got used to the idea that they can enjoy very close economic relations with China, while still looking to the US for their security. But that may be changing. The Chinese government is now threatening to discriminate against South Korean companies unless the government in Seoul reverses its decision to deploy a US missile shield on its territory.

Pacific conflict looms between America and China

Trump risks ‘war’ with Beijing if US blocks access to South China Sea, state media warns | World news | The Guardian

“Tillerson had better bone up on nuclear power strategies if he wants to force a big nuclear power to withdraw from its own territories,” said an editorial in the Global Times, a Communist-party controlled newspaper.

“China has enough determination and strength to make sure that his rabble rousing will not succeed … Unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South China Sea, any other approaches to prevent Chinese access to the islands will be foolish.”

Trump risks ‘war’ with Beijing if US blocks access to South China Sea, state media warns | World news | The Guardian

Tillerson sets stage for showdown with Beijing over South China Sea – CNNPolitics.com

Analysts said Tillerson’s testimony, combined with his future boss’s earlier pronouncements, signaled that a Trump administration is poised to take a much tougher stance on China.

Since winning the election Trump has lashed out at China on Twitter, made clear he’s serious about wringing a new trade deal from Beijing and upended US policy toward Taiwan — an issue of deep sensitivity for China.

“All the quotes taken together do signal that, like Trump and some of his advisers, are poised to take much firmer stance on China in the South China Sea and across the board,” said Ashley Townshend, a research fellow, at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

Tillerson sets stage for showdown with Beijing over South China Sea – CNNPolitics.com

Chinese Media Has Told Rex Tillerson to ‘Prepare for a Military Clash’ | TIME

The U.S. Secretary of State nominee has provoked fury with his hawkish remarks on the South China Sea

China’s state media has responded forcefully to suggestions by U.S. Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson that China should be barred from the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea, warning that any such attempt would force a “devastating confrontation” and both sides should “prepare for a military clash.”

Chinese Media Has Told Rex Tillerson to ‘Prepare for a Military Clash’ | TIME

Rex Tillerson’s South China Sea Remarks Foreshadow Possible Foreign Policy Crisis – The New York Times

Rex W. Tillerson’s call for China to be denied access to its artificial islands in the South China Sea, made Wednesday during his confirmation hearing for secretary of state, set the stage for a possible crisis between the world’s two biggest economies should his comments become official American policy.

Should those words be translated into action after Donald J. Trump assumes the presidency on Jan. 20, it would be a remarkable change in the American approach to Beijing’s island-building in the South China Sea, which is transforming the area into what one Washington think tank said would by 2030 become “virtually a Chinese lake.” China asserts sovereignty over most of the South China Sea despite competing claims by countries including Vietnam and the Philippines and an international ruling rejecting most of Beijing’s assertions.

Rex Tillerson’s South China Sea Remarks Foreshadow Possible Foreign Policy Crisis – The New York Times

Trump Nominee’s Proposal to Block China From Islands Sets Off Alarms – WSJ

If carried out, Tillerson’s proposal to bar Beijing from some South China Sea islands would likely trigger military battle, experts say

A U.S. blockade of Chinese-built islands in the South China Sea risks triggering a dangerous military confrontation, and would be too costly to sustain long-term, experts warned on Thursday after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state proposed such a move.

The proposal by Rex Tillerson in his Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing on Wednesday is likely to have alarmed Chinese leaders as it went well beyond Mr. Trump’s own remarks, as well as the advice from more hawkish elements of the U.S. military, security experts said.

Trump Nominee’s Proposal to Block China From Islands Sets Off Alarms – WSJ

Tillerson takes swipes at China over South China Sea buildup during hearing | Fox News

Tillerson accused Beijing of “declaring control of territories that are not rightfully China’s.” He added that China’s actions were “extremely worrisome” and the U.S. failure to respond “has allowed them to keep pushing the envelope” in seas that carry $5 trillion of trade annually.

Asked if he supported a more aggressive U.S. posture, he said, “You’re going to have to send China a clear signal that first the island building stops, and second your access to those islands is also not going to be allowed.”

Tillerson takes swipes at China over South China Sea buildup during hearing | Fox News

The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region | The National Interest

To put it starkly, what we are seeing today may be the beginning of the end of the “Asian Century.” For decades, prominent and knowledgeable observers, from bankers and industrialists to scholars and politicians, have predicted the rise of the Asia-Paci?c and an era of unparalleled Asian power, prosperity, and peace. At the same time, many writers assure us that the East is replacing the West, in a great shift of global power that will permanently reshape our world. All those predictions now are themselves at risk.

Such a view remains controversial. Only in recent months have the popular press and casual observers begun to worry about growing risk, from China’s stock market collapse to the danger of armed con?ict in the South China Sea. But in a world where headlines continue to focus on the bloody spread of the Islamic State or on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and intervention in the Syrian civil war, only cursory attention is being paid to Asia’s dangers.

The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region | The National Interest

China’s Xi says won’t let anyone make ‘fuss’ about its territory | Reuters

China will never allow anyone to “make a great fuss” about its territorial sovereignty and maritime rights, President Xi Jinping said in his New Year’s address, while China’s top official in charge of Taiwan ties warned of risk ahead in 2017.

China’s increasingly assertive moves to push its territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea, including building artificial islands, has unnerved its neighbors.

“Chinese people will never allow anyone to get away with making a great fuss about it,” he said, without elaborating.

China’s Xi says won’t let anyone make ‘fuss’ about its territory | Reuters

China Almost Began a War against the United States in July over South China Sea : Science : Chinatopix

Chinese state-run television has revealed China almost ignited a war against the United States in July when it aimed “dozens” of DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBMs) at the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) patrolling the South China Sea.

This startling admission was made on state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) this week. It also revealed this action that might have triggered a war with the United States occurred a few days before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on July 12 declared illegal China’s claim to own most of the South China Sea based on “historic rights.”

China saw the U.S. Navy’s two Carrier Strike Groups in the South China Sea as an indication the U.S. was about to attack. It feared the U.S. might use its military strength to enforce the arbitration ruling.

China Almost Began a War against the United States in July over South China Sea : Science : Chinatopix

The relationship between China and the US is already at a tipping point where it won’t take a lot to start a major war. This tipping point still exists. So in the future it’s not going to take a lot for things to go south real fast.