The US maintains a tense relationship with China. Although the two nations depend heavily on one another as trade partners, American leadership has long understood that the Communist-controlled East Asian country sees the US as an adversary and a threat to its hegemonic control of the region.
A recent military warning from China makes this clear. According to MSN News, Beijing sent a guided missile frigate, two fighter jets, and a helicopter to warn off a US destroyer near disputed islands in the South China Sea. China accused the US of disrupting its security interests in the area.
The USS Chafee was on a mission known as the “freedom of navigation” operation Tuesday when it sailed within 16 nautical miles of the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Beijing immediately took this as an act of provocation.
The Chinese government dispatched the guided-missile Type 054A frigate Huangshan, two J-11B fighter jets and one Z-8 helicopter, which identified the US destroyer and urged it to depart. China’s Foreign Ministry quickly released a message to the American government, asking it to “respect the sovereignty and security” of the Communist country.
Hua Chunying, the spokeswoman for China’s Foreign Ministry, said, “The US destroyer’s behavior violated Chinese law and relevant international law, severely harmed China’s sovereignty and security interests and threatened the lives of military personnel of both sides.”
But according to US military officials, the Chafee did not violate the islands’ 12-nautical mile territorial limits. The destroyer’s mission was to challenge “excessive maritime claims” in the region.
In fact, US vessels have commonly sailed past the South China Sea’s disputed islets–a norm that has repeatedly triggered outraged reactions from the Chinese government. The region is highly contested by multiple nations.
China, Taiwan, and Vietnam all claim the Paracel archipelago. Meanwhile, the Spratly Islands are contested by Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines. The South China Sea is a geopolitical hotspot–an area in which Beijing seeks to assert its dominance.
As Christian News Alerts has covered, Chinese dissident billionaire Guo Wengui–who has fled to the US to escape political punishment in his native country–revealed that Beijing has an extensive spy system consisting of 40,000 intelligence officers in America. Guo has been critical of China’s ruling regime, its human rights abuses, and its alliance with North Korea.
And as reported by The Washington Free Beacon, Guo said China has a three-pronged campaign of subversion in America called “Blue-Gold-Yellow.” Each color represents a different level of attack. The dissident billionaire explained that Beijing seeks to financially weaken the US and throw it into economic turmoil. It also wants to use sex to subvert American culture, as well as launch large-scale cyber attacks.
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The US has relied heavily on China to reign in the rogue Kim regime of North Korea, which is continually refining its missile systems to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) capable of hitting the US mainland.
As NPR noted, China accounts for the vast majority of North Korea’s trade. Beijing has taken some measures against North Korea, such as shutting off its central bank to Pyongyang. But suspicion remains about whether China is secretly backing North Korea’s hostility in order to topple the US.