In a statement released at the conclusion of the recently held second annual U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, the United States called on China to remove deployed missiles from its artificial islands in a disputed portion of the South China Sea, according to the Diplomat.
“The United States called on China to withdraw its missile systems from disputed features in the Spratly Islands, and reaffirmed that all countries should avoid addressing disputes through coercion or intimidation,” the release said after Us Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with Chinese diplomats and security officials at the State Department.
Billionaire Miles Kwod said on his Guo Media yesterday that Donald Trump has adopted a proposal by his former strategist Steven Bannon requesting Beijing to remove all its military facilities on the disputed South China Sea Island.
According to Miles, Steve Bannon has suggested that Beijing must dismantle all its radars, military facilities, fighter jets, and all other installation at its airport base in the disputed waters, adding “if they don’t remove them within 72 hours, the United States military will help to do that”.
Analysts say that the 72 hour deadline is not realistic as it may trigger the World War III.
“Cooperation is the only option for us,” Chinese defense minister Wei Fenghe said. “Confrontation and conflict between the two militaries will spell disaster for us all.”
Earlier this year, at the Shangri-La Dialogue, his counterpart Jim Mattis highlighted China’s militarization of the South China Sea before an audience of Asian security officials and independent defense experts.
“China’s militarization of artificial features in the South China Sea includes the deployment of anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missiles, electronic jammers, and more recently, the landing of bomber aircraft at Woody Island,” Mattis said.
Even as Washington and Beijing butt heads over trade, theses top diplomats and defense chiefs met Washington again on Friday to tamp down tensions on other issues that have put a chill on relations between the two sides, but their efforts seem to have failed as a result of fundamental differences.
According to Military Times, the two sides discuss “strategic security” to avoid accidents between the two militaries. The “unsafe and unprofessional maneuver” near a disputed reef in the South China Sea in late September when a Chinese destroyer came close to the USS Decatur was raised at the meeting.
During the talks, China bluntly told the United States to stop sending ships and military aircraft close to islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea.
The U.S. pushed back, insisting it will continue to “fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows.”
According to Miles Kwok, Donald Trump has made up his mind to counter Beijing although he has planned to meet with President Xi Jinping at the G-20 meeting later this month in Brazil, and the global anti-CCP alliance with him as the advisor is discussing more concrete measures.
Days ago, as important members of this alliance, Stephen K. Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist, sits down with Hayman Capital founder Kyle Bass to take a deep dive into Chinese infiltration in U.S. institutions, China’s aggressiveness in the South China sea, and the potential for global conflict in the next few years.
The “grand strategy” isn’t a difficult concept to grasp, Bannon explained. Through it, China is leveraging its economic resources to wage a concentrated war of influence against the US. It’s the most ambitious geopolitical strategy that we’ve ever seen, Bannon said. And right, now China is winning.
“Their grand strategy is very simple. It’s to be a hegemonic world power. You can see it through One Belt One Road. You can it see through Made In China 2025. You can see through everything they’re doing like their strategy of being the East India Company in Sub-Saharan Africa, what they’re doing to the Caribbean, now what they’re doing in Latin America. What we call all forces of government– all areas of government focus on the economic war against the United States and their military build-up.”
That’s why Bannon believes that the South China Sea is one of three flashpoints that could trigger the start of World War III.
“You asked me what’s going to happen. I said on my radio show five years ago they would be in a shooting war. The situation in Qatar, and the Persian Gulf, and the South China Sea are the two greatest hotspots of the world for global conflict to start. OK? It’s not Korea. Korea’s a vassal state of China. The whole Korean thing is nothing but a Chinese drama. OK?”
For some bewildering reason, Wall Street and the Davos set have managed to willfully ignore the threat posed by China by telling themselves that China isn’t territorially ambitious. But on this, they’re wrong – and China’s continued development of the South China Sea is all the proof one needs to understand that China is a geopolitical threat. Bannon said.
“A lot of the Wall Street, City of London, and Frankfurt crowd have kind of said, oh, well, they’re not territorially ambitious. They’ve never been an expansionist power. Well, they’re a geopolitically, expansionist power. And it’s quite extraordinary what they’re doing. And they’re doing it at the same time.”
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro took a shot at Wall Street Friday, warning “globalist elites” against meddling with the Trump administration’s policy on China.
Navarro accused billionaires and hedge fund managers of engaging in “shuttle diplomacy” between the United States and China.
“The United States is not pursuing a policy of Cold War containment with China,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters following the U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue. “Rather we want to ensure that China acts responsibly and fairly in support of security and prosperity of each of our two countries.”
Ankit Panda with South China Morning Post has this headline to the issue, “US-China diplomatic and security talks fail to produce a way out of the morass, but did anyone think it would?”
By Cloudy Seagail and staff writer