As S. China Sea Tensions Rise, DC & Beijing Take Part in US-Led War Games
As China and the United States both take part in the world’s largest maritime war exercises Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) that kicked off Thursday, political analyst Alexander Mercouris joins Radio Sputnik to discuss the South China Sea conflict and possible scenarios for its resolution.
30 June, 2016
RIMPAC, which involves 27 nations, 45 battleships, 250 aircraft, and a total of 25,000 troops, can be understood as “shadowboxing” in the Pacific. The war games highlight the growing contradictions between Beijing and Washington, Mercouris tells Loud & Clear’s Brian Becker.
The participation of the two powers in the military drills is clearly a compromise, the analyst said, pointing to the fact that many in the American establishment see China as an adversary of the US. Senator John McCain, for instance, would prefer that US-led be openly hostile toward China. The hawkish politician has been consistent in his anti-China views throughout his career, Mercouris says.
However, it’s questionable if turning China into an enemy will help the US sustain its dominant position. Given that it’s “very hard to see how China is actually destabilizing the Pacific in any meaningful way,” Americans should reconsider their approach toward Asia.