I think the most warmongering nation in the past few centuries was clearly Britain. How else do you think they got that vast empire? The Americans are only carrying on from where they left off, albeit with greater resources and rather less intelligence.
I don’t think the US claims SCS. Its contention is that it’s a body of international waters that should be open to unimpeded navigation. It’s silly of PRC trying to claim it as its territorial waters when it is clearly bordered by so many countries.
I see. Islands and coral reefs, not ocean territory.
You say the USA should just stay out. If you were the USA and you had defense agreements with Japan and South Korea (vs threats from North Korea for example), how would you stay out?
Look. China is the biggest importer of gas. There isn’t a single country in this world that wants to ensure peace and stability of sea routes at SCS more than China. Japan and Korea are gonna sign RCEP this year with China to form a free trade zone. There is no motive for China to block trade routes. Reason the US wants to control SCS is for the Middle East because SCS leads to Indian Ocean which leads to the gulf of omen so that the US can project military presence to Arab countries. It will ensure US petrol dollar hence hegemony to not be collapsed.
The American people are a very nice and decent people. However their government is in the stranglehold of so-called “security experts” who very capably get the government of the day to toe the line. And successive governments have indeed fallen into line since WW II.
Sadly the same applies to Australia where I live. Our former PM Paul Keating called them out. But he was ignored. No government dare go against these guys - they are the puppet masters who pull the strings. So much for western ‘democracy’ and the ‘government of the people for the people by the people’. It''s all smoke and mirrors!
Lim Kok Aun
Yeah, I agree with you fully that US is all about WARS. Many are not telling us that US is controlled by the Military Industrial Complex. It is an Industry that must look out or create Enemies. Now Boeing is “ seeking approval “ to sell F15 to India. How much will that be the sale? 10 millions or Billions ?
And how many “friends” does China have? Should be quite a lot since China is so benevolent…