As the Covid-19 pandemic ramps up across the world in nearly every country, we are seeing a power struggle happen before our very eyes.
Some countries are taking every opportunity presented by the virus to snatch up as much power and control as possible. Sometimes they are taking it from their own people, and sometimes from “competing” countries like the USA.
The newest country whose unusual activity has caught the attention of the United States? You probably guessed it: China.
From Asia Times:
In recent days, China has conducted military drills and deployed large-scale military assets to the maritime area while at the same time officially celebrating strides made in exploiting disputed energy resources in the fossil fuel-rich sea.
China is on the move. While the rest of the world is dealing with fresh outbreaks, China is potentially making some very aggressive moves for control in the South Sea.
China has long claimed sweeping sovereignty over the sea, and the sea’s untapped oil and gas reserves (the most important part). As to be expected, both the Philippines and Malaysia have taken a big issue with China’s claim over the area.
In order to maintain peace, the US has been the guarantor of local law in the area.
But, things are different now with Covid-19.
Nearly every major country is currently struggling to deal with the effects of the virus. News has been coming out about our US military ships having confirmed case outbreaks and as we saw with the cruise ships early on, confined metal spaces don’t bode well.
Regardless, China seems to be taking full advantage of our current predicament.
Whether or not China is accurately reporting the numbers of their outbreak doesn’t matter that here. They are moving full steam ahead conducting military drills in the area.
And that’s not all.
When the outbreak was hitting peak attention in the Western world the middle of February, China began their oil and natural gas extractions in the contested sea.
They have made one thing very clear. They aren’t playing games.
China will look for whatever advantage it can find at any time. If the world is in the middle of a global pandemic, they seem more than happy to use that to their advantage.
If there’s one thing I believe, its that we must stand up firmly to that country or risk being continually exploited by them. Thankfully we have a leader who can do that perfectly.
What do you think? Should we take a firm or friendly stance against China? Please let us know in the comments below!
Source: Asia Times