It's hard to go one day without seeing several "rumors of war" - ranging from the South China Sea, to Syria, to the Middle East, tensions between Russia and the U.S., the threat of EMP weapons, the threat of nuclear weapons, North and South Korea, Ukraine and on and on that list goes. Jesus told us that this phenomonon would be one of our signs and indeed it is; there is nothing special about today's news, but it serves to remind us of just how often we see these threats of war.
Washington has recently increased reconnaissance flights near Russia's and China's borders, while accusing Moscow and Beijing of intercepting US spy planes that are "violating their national security."
Last week Chinese military aircraft interceprted US reconnaissance planes near the island of Hainan and the upcoming conference on mechanisms of maritime military security on June 24-25 is thought to prove the "capabilities of military channel as well as good relations between Washington and Beijing."
However, on May 22, US Air Combat Command Commander Gen. Herbert Carlisle in an interview with USA Today newspaper criticized the increasing "aggressiveness" of Russian and Chinese combat aircraft intercepting US military planes.
He added that the concerns are caused by attempts by Moscow and Beijing to expand their influence in Eastern Europe and the Pacific region.
Gen. Carlisle also said that the number of Russian long-range bombers in Eastern Europe and near the US west coast is increasing while China wants to take control over the South China Sea.
"Our concern is a resurgent Russia and a very, very aggressive China," he said.
While the US accuses Russia and China of "aggressive" actions the US is in fact deploying the largest military actions against Russia and China since the time of World War II, according to Iran News.
According to the expert, this violates Russian and Chinese national security. Moscow and Beijing have the right control such activities.
The US guided missile destroyer Porter will enter the Black Sea as part of preparations for combat and employment of military forces, military expert Viktor Murakhovsky told radio Zvezda. He is a member of the advisory council of the Russian Military-Industrial Commission.
"Permanent deployment of US destroyers in the European theater of war is already a provocation," Murakhovsky said during the broadcast, noting that there are four other such vessels permanently deployed in a naval base in Spain.
The analyst believes that such actions by the US, including the deployment of Porter, should be regarded as part of preparations for combat employment of the country's military forces.
As Mark Twain once said “History may not repeat, but it sure does rhyme”. And what is going on in the South China Sea rhymes with happened in America, in the 1960’s.
The New and Emboldened China
China’s economy, no matter how many times they try to restructure is failing. The Chinese government faces disenfranchised opposition from extremely poor peasants living in the outlying provinces. To add salt to these wounds, the Chinese have been left out of a monumental trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Subsequently, Chinese foreign policy is guided by these two principles:
China’s rapidly growing perimeter which will protect Chinese invasion forces when they attack Taiwan.