Yesterday China fired on a Vietnamese Fishing boat that was definitely in internationally recognized Vietnamese waters.
China is trying to assert claim to the entire Eastern Sea, often known as the South China Sea. China is in disputes with every nation that fishes these waters–the Phillipines, Japan, Vietnam, and even Laos and Cambodia. These disputes have been escalating in both frequency and severity, and previous detaining of fishermen has now grown to firing on their boats. I do not know how long the Vietnamese will tolerate this illegal behavior, but I do know that they are doing everything they can to surpress protests from the people about the Chinese. Only time will resolve this issue, and a shooting war that pits China against American Allies will drag Vietnam into it just as sure as ???.
With North Korea canceling the peace treaty with America and threatening to launch nuclear missles against the USA, I can envision a scenario that would involve a war between China & N. Korea against the USA, Japan, the Philippines, and maybe Vietnam. America is ending the involvement in Afghanistan. Perhaps now the USA will use a war against China & N Korea to pump up the American economy. Nothing any politician does would surprise me anymore.
Isn’t that depressing!