PLAN SCS Bases/Islands/Vessels (Not a Strategy Page)


I see u r an expert on geo-politics in SCS especially re: the Philippines, Pivot to Asia & also the Arab Spring. Anyway, you are entitled to your opinion and so was the wise Old Chinese Scholar Lieh Tzu about "arrogance". If you listened/read President Xi's recent speeches & also his several visits to Manila, you would have noticed that besides being smart & a strong leader, he is also diplomatic. There is much to learn from your experienced President on geo-politics & diplomacy(regional & international), especially in a troubled world where there is an arrogant US leader who prefers chaos, including upsetting the "apple cart" on trade etc.
cool, honestly I don't see which part is "arrogant" ?
 

Shaolian

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I think Scarborough Shoal is sufficiently isolated and far away from all of China's current SCS holdings, that it may still not be feasible or easily defended to begin any island reclamation.

Also, by not building up Scarborough, it may act as a deterrent against any funny ideas from the Philippines, lest they really poked China into building it up.
 

asif iqbal

Brigadier
but surely building a air base on Scarborough would ensure a triangle of coverage

very strategic and very ideal for China

basically they would not have to commit a carrier strike group to South China sea during hostilities essentially freeing up a battle group to deploy elsewhere

this is like Chinas 3rd aircraft carrier only it can't be sunk
 

Bhurki

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but surely building a air base on Scarborough would ensure a triangle of coverage

very strategic and very ideal for China

basically they would not have to commit a carrier strike group to South China sea during hostilities essentially freeing up a battle group to deploy elsewhere

this is like Chinas 3rd aircraft carrier only it can't be sunk
Won't be so sure about that.. It will easily become target practice for the US marines since it doesn't have enough capacity to shore up any considerable defence. Its ok in terms of projection and adding another base to divide the workload, but at time of being attacked it won't have any chance ..
 
but surely building a air base on Scarborough would ensure a triangle of coverage

very strategic and very ideal for China

basically they would not have to commit a carrier strike group to South China sea during hostilities essentially freeing up a battle group to deploy elsewhere

this is like Chinas 3rd aircraft carrier only it can't be sunk
Like @Shaolian said, it is as a deterrent against future Philippine president, as long as the president is positive or neutral of China, I don't think China would build anything on Scarborough. BUT if the president like the previous president, I have no doubt China would instantly build something big on the Scarborough and this time would be much better (better equipment, more experience and better technique). China has already built one of the the biggest dredger ship
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Won't be so sure about that.. It will easily become target practice for the US marines since it doesn't have enough capacity to shore up any considerable defence. Its ok in terms of projection and adding another base to divide the workload, but at time of being attacked it won't have any chance ..
Just be prepared to have enough body bags for the US marines ... no doubt about that :p
 

Bhurki

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Just be prepared to have enough body bags for the US marines ... no doubt about that :p
While under attack , the scarborough shoal in and of itself can't really do anything. The attacker can use long range shelling and gps guided munitions to take out installations as they are static, they can't move, however an attacker will have all freedom to navigate and surround the single shoal.. In what ways do you hope a single point in ocean without other help from some surrounding structure hold up against an enemy that is highly maneuverable, larger in number and dispersement and knows your exact pinpoint location..
 

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