Outgoing CIA director Leon Panetta, US President Barack Obama’s pick for US secretary of defense, said China was preparing for “potential contingencies” involving Taiwan, which could include potential military clashes.China is not preparing for "potential contingencies." China is preparing to attack Taiwan, to maim and murder its people, and to annex its territory. The policymaker's distancing euphemisms soften the real world and make the killing that much easier.
Defense News reports that China says it will conduct military exercises in the western Pacific.
Chinese state media reported June 9 that China would conduct naval training drills in the western Pacific later this month, amid lingering fears among Beijing's neighbors about its military ambitions.A longtime academic observer of Taiwan affairs, reading the news that China's new carrier, said to be named the Shi Lang after the general who took Taiwan for the Manchus, remarked that the US should respond to the upcoming launch of the vessel with the sale of F-16s to Taiwan. Aviation Weekly reports that China is now the major consideration in Indian Air Force deployments.
The exercises will take place in international waters and are "not targeted at any specific country," the defense ministry said in a statement carried by Xinhua news agency.
Turning south, the South China Sea was once again the site of further Chinese tension-mongering.
China warned Asian neighbors Thursday to stop searching for oil near the disputed Spratly Islands and vowed to assert its sovereignty over the potentially petroleum-rich territory in the South China Sea despite rival claims.Sitting in Taiwan and watching Beijing stoking tensions throughout Asia, it is incredible to me the way in which the media treats Beijing as a passive agent when it comes to Taiwan. It's the same expansionist drive that is putting troops in the Himal across from India, giving dissidents prison sentences in Tibet, seizing fishing boats in the South China Sea, and pointing missiles at Taiwan.
China and the Philippines have swapped diplomatic protests over the islands, with Filipino officials accusing Chinese forces of intruding into Manila-claimed areas six times since February and of firing shots in at least one incident. Beijing denied the allegation Thursday and said it would use violence only when attacked.
Vietnam, meanwhile, has accused China of flaring tensions in the sea by hindering the operation of a oil and gas exploration boat for the second time in two weeks.
The Spratlys, which are believed to be atop vast oil and gas reserves, have long been feared as a potential flash point of armed conflict in Asia.
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