The South China Sea (SCM) is becoming an arena of direct confrontation between Washington and Beijing. During the exercise, China demonstratively fired ballistic missiles into its waters, including the so-called aircraft carrier killer.
In response, the United States blacklisted for the first time 26 Chinese government officials and companies involved in building military bases on the disputed islands, and said it would oppose China’s expansion. And if the words of the Pentagon chief Mark Esper are taken seriously, not only Beijing but also Moscow has challenged America, Vladimir Skossirev of Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes, quoted by BTA
Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, formulated the main task of US foreign policy as follows: to prevent the emergence of a rival superpower that would threaten America’s interests, its global superiority.
Six administrations have changed since Carter in Washington, but Brzezinski’s postulate still largely determines the course of Washington’s actions on the world stage.
The task of eliminating the Soviet Union as a major rival was solved, but despite the expectations of Brzezinski and his supporters, the vacancy was taken by China. Today, President Donald Trump, while not referring to a Carter-era strategist, has set virtually the same goal: to prevent the new formidable rival from knocking America off the pedestal of a world leader. In this aspect, the problem of control over the South China Sea cannot be called only local. According to expert estimates, nearly one-fifth of world maritime trade passes through it. And Washington has taken the unprecedented step of imposing sanctions or blacklisting 24 Chinese companies and two officials involved in the construction of airports, military sites and infrastructure on disputed islands in the UKM for the first time.
As the US Department of Commerce said in a statement, trade and visa restrictions cover structures of the state-owned China Communications Construction, which plays a major role in the New Silk Road initiative. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained: “We should not allow China to use this company as a tool to implement an expansionist agenda. The United States will not stop acting until we see that Beijing has given up its violent operations in the South China Sea. . ”
As for the Chinese missile launches, they were part of a People’s Liberation Army exercise involving an imitation of a strike on American warships. According to the Japanese newspaper “Japan Times”, this was a warning addressed to the United States. The coincidence in time between the imposition of sanctions and rocket fire is coincidental. According to Ian Graham, a senior researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Singapore, with these missiles the Chinese sent a “greeting” to the Americans, who co-organized with 10 partner countries major naval maneuvers RIMPAC near Hawaii.
According to the Beijing-based Global Times, these missiles are particularly dangerous for aircraft carriers. DF-26 B with a range of 4000 km can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads. And the range of the DF-21 De missile is 1800 km. It is called the world’s first anti-ship ballistic missile. It was probably launched from the mainland.