Mark Collins – South China Sea: Verbal Fire from the Dragon

Further to this post and “Comments”,

South China Sea: USN Freedom of Navigation Ops vs China–Plus Vietnam

China is really throwing its weight around as it awaits a likely unfavourable arbitration court ruling soon on a South China Sea case brought by the Philippines–two stories:

China Declares a No-Sail-Zone in Disputed Waters During Wargame
The area is larger than the US state of Maine.

China should prepare for ‘military confrontation‘ in South China Sea, newspaper declares
China should prepare itself for military confrontation in the South China Sea, an influential Chinese paper [owned by the Communist Party] has reported, a week ahead of a decision by an international court on a dispute between China and the Philippines…

Freedom of navigation? One worries furiously that things could easily get rather out of hand should some incident occur. And curiously enough the Chinese navy is at this time taking part in the large American-led multinational exercise RIMPAC 2016 underway around Hawaii (the Canadian Forces are participating significantly).

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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