A US satellite image shows construction of a possible radar tower facilities in the South China Sea
The US is deadly serious about this issue. It has deployed two aircraft carrier battle groups to the region:
The US is GROSSLY outnumbered by Chinese Naval assets. Here's the breakdown as of 2015 before things got nasty; China has a HUGE advantage over the US:
As the international court at the Hague prepares to rule on the South China Sea territorial dispute, Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear speaks with authors James Bradley and Patrick Lawrence to discuss the ongoing tensions in the region.
The case, brought against China by the Philippines, alleges that Beijing has encroached on Manila’s territorial waters in the South China Sea. The escalation of the dispute has been heavily driven by the interests of the United States.
"Why did the Philippines agree to bilateral talks and then request international adjudication? I think the answer to that lies in the [US] State Department. The Philippines, with some exceptional periods, has been a very cooperative client of the United States," Lawrence says.
"This has to do with America’s desire for hegemony – we [the United States] are simply not going to let go of that: military hegemony and the primacy of the neoliberal economic order."
"I think the only people who are fooled by this are Americans."
"I see China as much more stable. I don’t buy into these themes that China is an aggressor that we need to worry about," Bradley says. "I don’t buy into these themes that we Westerners should speculate about how China’s going to change."