August 10, 2016

Beijing's Go Big or Go Home Moment in the South China Sea

By Jerry Hendrix

China is preparing for its go or go home moment in the South China Sea and it appears they have chosen the right time to make a play for regional and, ultimately, global dominance. The announcement that China has installed reinforced hangars to protect tactical aircraft from outside attacks as well as the appearance of other “unknown structures” which are easily recognizable as missile revetments to any trained observer, demonstrates that China’s proclamation of a military and economic exclusion zone over the South China sea is imminent. The timing of the announcement will not be random, and U.S. strategists must prepare to defend the global international system that was established 70 years ago, or accept inevitable decline.

 

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