Is China a threat or just playing chicken?
China is ramping up military action in the South China Sea after the belligerent nation told the world it was “very unsatisfied” with a court ruling preventing it from expanding its artificial islands in a disputed region.
China has been building airstrips and expanding artificial islands in the seas between it and the Philippines. Last week, the Philippines won an international court case to stop this expansion.
China has refused to recognise the ruling and, this week, flew a Chinese H-6K bomber with nuclear launch capabilities over the Scarborough Shoal – an area within the disputed shipping lane.
If global powers continue to oppose Chinese expansion in the South China Sea, China is threatening “serious measures”.
Over 100,000 ships and $6.6 trillion of trade move through the shipping lane each year.
The dispute is causing unrest between Australia and China, but more so with the US and Japan.
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Do you think China is a threat? Or is it playing ‘chicken’?