China plans to control Hawaii and Antarctica.
If it seems crazy, it’s not. Just how Donald Trump’s seemingly random declarations mask his master persuasion campaign, China has a deliberate strategy to slowly march over the world:
- China declares a territory as “contested” or “disputed,” no matter how dubious.
- China begins using non-combatants to challenge territorial sovereignty.
- China then stations military units nearby to shift the balance of power.
- China will then create a scenario where another nation “provokes” China.
- Once provoked, China militarily seizes control and establishes a perimeter.
- China normalizes territorial control over time.
Philippine Navy photo of Chinese fishermen illegally harvesting giant clam by Scarborough Shoal, from Inquirer.net.
China worked this process with Scarborough Reef, which caused the Philippines to seek a United Nations ruling that recently came back in their favor.
In the South China Sea (SCS), China is on step four. The recent deluge of Chinese propaganda about defending against aggression in the SCS isn’t for show; it’s a setup for step four to have “justification.” Just wait until a Chinese fisherman collides with a US Navy destroyer and a selectively edited film appears on Chinese TV.
Notice that Subi, Fiery Cross and Mischief create a triangle that can support branching out against all other outposts. Guess where the most reclamation has been? Image from South China Morning Post.
China even tested this on the mobile drilling platform Haiyang Shiyou 981 in 2014.
And now China is on Step 1 with Hawaii, Micronesia and Antarctica. And should the United States continue to show weakness, China could keep employing this strategy until it reaches our borders.
The views expressed in this blog post are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, or U.S. Government.
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