An inevitable collision course has been cast between the world and China, who have recently begun to militarize islands in the South China Sea despite warnings from literally every country involved, the United Nations, and the world court.
In a rather bold move on February 17th, China’s neighbor Taiwan announced that China had begun installing surface-to-air missile systems near disputed South China Sea waters. U.S. reconnaissance has confirmed the completion of airstrips and boat docks capable of handling Chinese military vessels.
Meanwhile of course, China could care less.
If Taiwan is the “Puerto Rico” of China, not only does this move show how much is really at stake, but this is also the type of revelation that could besmirch China’s ability to take over the entire region – further expediting unification between its opponents.
Taiwan’s declaration sets China up for a showdown with the United States military, which has been foaming at the mouth for an opportunity to get back in to this real-life game of RISK - despite having a flaccid president in office.
It is clear now that U.S. Troops will return to the Philippines soon; however, in what capacity and volume are still unknown.
In January, the Philippines Supreme Court upheld the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, paving the way for the U.S. military to have access to 8 facilities in the Philippines.
The U.S. Defense Department requested $66 million to rehabilate facilities in the Philippines, including Clark Airbase and Subic Freeport, amongst others.