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China and the First Island Chain Strategy

Vox_Veritas
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4/22/2016 3:18:23 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Okay, so: here's a Wikipedia article on the First Island Chain:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org...
As you can see, it consists of six main parts:
1. The South China Sea
2. The waters in between the South China Sea and Taiwan
3. Taiwan
4. The waters in between Taiwan and Japan
5. Japan
6. The waters in between Japan and the Kamchatka Peninsula

China is currently seizing the South China Sea. It claims Taiwan as its territory. It claims the Senkaku Islands (in between Taiwan and Japan) as its territory. If it tries to enforce its existing territorial claims, the only remaining incomplete parts of the chain would be Japan and the waters in between Japan and the Kamchatka Peninsula.
If China completes this chain, it can more or less kick the U.S. out of East Asia.
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4/22/2016 3:41:39 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/22/2016 3:18:23 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
Okay, so: here's a Wikipedia article on the First Island Chain:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org...
As you can see, it consists of six main parts:
1. The South China Sea
2. The waters in between the South China Sea and Taiwan
3. Taiwan
4. The waters in between Taiwan and Japan
5. Japan
6. The waters in between Japan and the Kamchatka Peninsula

China is currently seizing the South China Sea. It claims Taiwan as its territory. It claims the Senkaku Islands (in between Taiwan and Japan) as its territory. If it tries to enforce its existing territorial claims, the only remaining incomplete parts of the chain would be Japan and the waters in between Japan and the Kamchatka Peninsula.
If China completes this chain, it can more or less kick the U.S. out of East Asia.

Good.
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4/22/2016 4:28:01 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/22/2016 3:41:39 PM, Greyparrot wrote:
At 4/22/2016 3:18:23 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
Okay, so: here's a Wikipedia article on the First Island Chain:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org...
As you can see, it consists of six main parts:
1. The South China Sea
2. The waters in between the South China Sea and Taiwan
3. Taiwan
4. The waters in between Taiwan and Japan
5. Japan
6. The waters in between Japan and the Kamchatka Peninsula

China is currently seizing the South China Sea. It claims Taiwan as its territory. It claims the Senkaku Islands (in between Taiwan and Japan) as its territory. If it tries to enforce its existing territorial claims, the only remaining incomplete parts of the chain would be Japan and the waters in between Japan and the Kamchatka Peninsula.
If China completes this chain, it can more or less kick the U.S. out of East Asia.

Good.

Why is that good?
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4/22/2016 5:23:11 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
The US still has big bases in Japan and South Korea, and smaller ones in Thailand and Singapore. So even if China would succeed there would still be US presence.

On top of that the US has unofficial ties to Taiwan through the Taiwan relations act, and would likely help them in case of trouble with China, as they have through out the pre-1980 stages of the cold war. One could argue that is the main reason Taiwan even still exists indepandent from mainland China.
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4/22/2016 6:40:48 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/22/2016 4:28:01 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
At 4/22/2016 3:41:39 PM, Greyparrot wrote:
At 4/22/2016 3:18:23 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
Okay, so: here's a Wikipedia article on the First Island Chain:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org...
As you can see, it consists of six main parts:
1. The South China Sea
2. The waters in between the South China Sea and Taiwan
3. Taiwan
4. The waters in between Taiwan and Japan
5. Japan
6. The waters in between Japan and the Kamchatka Peninsula

China is currently seizing the South China Sea. It claims Taiwan as its territory. It claims the Senkaku Islands (in between Taiwan and Japan) as its territory. If it tries to enforce its existing territorial claims, the only remaining incomplete parts of the chain would be Japan and the waters in between Japan and the Kamchatka Peninsula.
If China completes this chain, it can more or less kick the U.S. out of East Asia.

Good.

Why is that good?

Policing that area is expensive.
The extinction of the species is worse than the extinction of the nation, which is worse than the extinction of the tribe, which is worse than the extinction of the family, which is worse than the extinction of the individual. The second he reverses that list of priorities, he becomes a coward, and would be summarily disposed of by any civilized society that values its own survival.