I'm sorry, but... why the war ships and war planes of uncle Sam are in the South China Sea in the far western side of the Pacific Ocean? Should they be there? I didn't get it.
A strategic pivot is exactly what China is doing with the SC Seas claim and building in areas/reefs outside of their territorial waters.
Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy
So please answer what I asked.
This is the present claim by China.
Look at the photos then tell me this is not an illegal grab of territorial waters of other countries.
Then we have India preparing.
Gunboat diplomacy: Indian navy ready to set sail to South China Sea ? RT News
The Indian Navy’s military actions are a bit late, but meant to defend the country’s interests in the region, Sreeram Chaulia, the dean of the Jindal School of International Affairs, told RT.
“It's seen as a belated but necessary move by the Indian military to be able to say that if our interests are now so widespread, then we will also need to show our capabilities to defend our interests come what may. And of course, the situation in the South China Sea has been deteriorating in terms of security and a high level of competition and bickering between some ASEAN countries and China,” said Chaulia
Well it is about that.....but there is more to it JH.
China’s Island-Building Spree Is About More Than Just Military Might.....
China’s playing Monopoly in the South China Sea—only, instead of building hotels on Pacific Avenue, it’s constructing helipads and, in some cases, whole new islands. The new reclaimed islands are only the latest Spratly rockpiles and reefs that, since February 2014, China has willed into existence by heaping sand atop of them–to the alarm among China’s neighbors.
Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery shows the brisk clip at which China has turned Gaven Reefs into a helipad-supporting island.(IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly ©CNES 2015, Distribution DS/IHS: 1570064)
UWC’s Dutton is less concerned about the lack of evidence; he says the US compiled solid documentation prior to the Chinese reclamation. But he brings up another potential spur driving China’s South China Seas buildup. When Taiwan holds its presidential elections in January 2016, experts say the Kuomingtang Party, which traditionally favors closer relations with China, is likely to lose to much less pro-China Democratic Progressive Party.
“If you turn the map, there’s a very interesting, almost direct axis line between the islands China’s been reclaiming in Spratlys and Taiwan and the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands,” he says. “If I were a Taiwanese security planner, that would have caught my attention".....snip~
China's Island-Building Spree Is About More Than Just Military Might - Defense One