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Why does the South China Sea matter to the US

imabench
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10/15/2015 2:07:09 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/15/2015 1:29:34 AM, Stwop12 wrote:
Why is the US concerned with China's actions in the South China Sea?

China is currently building an airbase by building legit islands in the middle of the sea in a clear attempt to expand their military influence in southeast Asia. Its potentially problematic because if China gets their airbase islands, which all odds indicate they will, they could start acting out more aggressively to expand their military influence. Basically do to Southeast Asia what Russia is trying to do with Eastern Europe

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10/15/2015 2:48:10 AM
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At 10/15/2015 1:29:34 AM, Stwop12 wrote:
Why is the US concerned with China's actions in the South China Sea?
Couple three reasons:
Obviously military China's encroachment to the south would be ideal tactically for the nation

The Chinese think there might be great bonanzas of oil and gas there.

Also trade route exploitatiion perhaps a defensive measure to the TPP
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10/15/2015 4:02:07 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 10/15/2015 2:07:09 AM, imabench wrote:
At 10/15/2015 1:29:34 AM, Stwop12 wrote:
Why is the US concerned with China's actions in the South China Sea?

China is currently building an airbase by building legit islands in the middle of the sea in a clear attempt to expand their military influence in southeast Asia. Its potentially problematic because if China gets their airbase islands, which all odds indicate they will, they could start acting out more aggressively to expand their military influence. Basically do to Southeast Asia what Russia is trying to do with Eastern Europe

http://www.bbc.com...

Good answer.

We see it as an act of military aggression, esp. against our allies like the Philippines and Taiwan from what I know. But I don't know if we are in a position to really judge... I mean we have hundreds of military bases around the world, and in places like Kuwait and Iraq where we are not at war...

If China intends to interfere with international trade in the area, which it certainly could, it would definitely be of interest to the United States and other states, which merits our attention.
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