ASK most people to name a current crisis between nuclear armed states and North Korea and the US’ rapidly worsening relations would come to mind.
But there’s another skirmish happening between two nuclear nations and both have far more fully functioning missiles, poised and ready to fire, than Kim Jong-un could even dream off.
Ten thousand feet above sea level, in the sub zero cold of the Himalayas, things could be about to turn hot.
Warnings of a ‘chance of war’ between India and China as nuclear rivals face off
Potential conflicts that could include a nuclear component:
- US vs China
- US vs Russia
- US vs Russia and China
- US vs North Korea (Russia and China)
- China vs Japan (US)
- China vs India
- India vs Pakistan (China)
- Israel vs Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas (US, Russia and/or China)
Each of these potential conflicts is being discussed in the media from time to time. There is a strong potential for the US, Russia and/or China to be involved in all them. This suggests that some kind of nuclear war is on the horizon, and the potential for escalation is present. The clock is ticking.
“Report says ties between the two nuclear-armed countries could deteriorate into an economic or military confrontation”
The group’s report, which was handed to the White House on Sunday and will be published in Washington DC on Tuesday, says ties between the two nuclear-armed countries could rapidly deteriorate into an economic or even military confrontation if compromise on issues including trade, Taiwan and the South China Sea cannot be found.
It says China’s increasingly assertive actions in the region – which include placing sophisticated weapons systems on artificial islands – coupled with growing domestic nationalism risks setting the US and China on “a dangerous collision course”.
Donald Trump and China on dangerous collision course, say experts | US news | The Guardian
Associating the Trump Team’s mooting of a blockade with war is therefore a self-defeating half-truth at best, and leaves China’s own culpability hidden. From a normative perspective, was it not an “act of war” when China constructed the islands in the Philippines’ EEZ in the first place? Was it not an “act of war” when China ignored the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague and refused to vacate its military from those islands that are within the Philippines’ EEZ? Is the conclusion of the quoted experts then that China’s acts of war should be answered with silence and continued back-sliding, including in the case of the U.S. defense treaty with the Philippines?
The Philippines has been thunderously silent on Tillerson’s comments, and Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay could even be read to support the idea of a blockade, but without putting the Philippines’ thin neck on the line. I don’t blame him.
War With China? Effects Of A U.S. Blockade In The South China Sea
China’s South China Sea grab was just asking for war from the beginning. There was always going to come a time when China would restrict movement in the South China Sea and lead us right back to where we are now. There is really no escaping the path to confrontation (and possibly war) with China. And forcing a confrontation sooner is always better than later when China has more nuclear weapons.