China bombers also have been “quite active in the South China Sea, in particular, almost every day” and sometimes in the East China Sea, Wilsbach said. “So, we’re seeing their activities perhaps as counter to what we’ve been doing.”
Not in at least 30-40 years. Why would China ever sail out that far? Its primary focus is on Taiwan and SCS.Eventually PLAN will have to come out and face the USN in the high sea. The planning would be having two carrier strike groups in the Indian ocean to protect its sea lane. One would be at Myanmar Coco island at east side watching over Indian Navy at adanman and another group stationed at island off the coast of Pakistan at the west side.
Eventually PLAN carriers has to reach certain parity with USN carrier groups.
The author is also one of the critic (mild) of Duterte China pivot, at least he used his critical thinking in accessing the President strategy. The term gaslighting is frequently used nowadays, but it was done early on Dutertes term. The elites and The US can't bride the man, since you can't own him why not destroy his presidency. Of all the drama in SCS the main priority of China is to removed the US from its backyard while negotiating a favorable agreement with NEIGHBORING countries. Duterte being a Hua qiao himself understand the Chinese thinking, He interacted a lot with Filipino Chinese in Davao and having a trusted aide as one. Mind you he is a true blue Filipino nationalist, but his inclination is for an Asia policy for ASIAN only.
In the ASEAN, Duterte is highly respected and is consider a leader in the BLOC, surpassing his idol Mahathir, Because he is not afraid to voice out the hypocrisy of the WEST loudly with outlandish statement . The reason these two gentleman Carpio and De Rosario is so critical of him, he attack their benefactor head on and viciously. That's what happening in my country, our elite and so called statesman can be bought when rebuke begun rallying to the flag stating their love for country such traitors. FYI De Rosario is the former ambassador to the US and former CEO of Philex petroleum (who own the drilling rights), own by an oligarch elite in the name of MANNY PANGILINAN, a CEO of SALIM GROUP of Indonesia. The irony is our constitution forbade any foreign ownership of company extracting our natural resources, see the elite can violate the law with impunity, such hypocrisy.
I disagree with the author claim , Possession is nine tenths of the law, China's island construction strategy had taken a leaf from Sun tzu, It solidify the claim and bolster China security, it is really a strategic masterstroke. Regarding China concession it's for the natural resources within the SCS near the Phil economic zone. Our Malampaya gas field is running of gas in 2030, we need a replacement ASAP and China offer is very generous. A 60/40 in favor of the Philippine with China handling all the expense , it's a fantastic deal, better than we got from Shell which is less than 12% with sovereign guarantee