China 's Recent Assertions Of Military Power During The South China Sea

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China’s recent assertions of military power in the South China Sea is a serious threat to U.S. National Security, and will remain so if China is not confronted or restricted. In recent years, China has increased military spending, weapons, and is now building artificial islands on highly disputed territory in the South China Sea to expand territorial claims. Since the world is anarchic, conflict is always a possibility between States that the U.S. must be aware of and prepared for. In regard to U.S.-China relations, the United States goal should be to protect the freedom of navigation, prevent any further expansion China makes on disputed territory in the South China Sea, and to hold China under high surveillance observation. To accomplish the previously stated goals, the U.S. should respond to China’s recent assertions of naval and air power in the South China Sea through the military initiatives of surveillance and power projection by deploying more ships to the South China Sea to protect Asian allies and any trade traveling through the international water. Before I lay out the benefits of the previously stated military initiatives the U.S. must utilize against China, I will first address what actions China has taken in the South China Sea that threatens the United States. On 20 January, 2014, it was reported by TIME that China’s military spending has tripled over a decade and that they are building a new aircraft carrier (Thompson). Currently, the only foreign navy…

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