Freedom of Navigation

why is it common to think Taiwan should get swallowed by China?
Shouldn’t it be the other way around, the real china swallows the rogue state?


Not knowing a lot about the subject of Taiwan/USA defensive arrangements, I’ve been reading up on it. I was surprised to find that the USA has already defended Taiwan against the PRC. I had never heard of this incident. This is from an article from the Hoover Institution:

…Perhaps even more notable were those American leadership decisions undertaken in the 1995–1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis. In that instance, the U.S. deployed aircraft carrier battle groups to waters near Taiwan in spite of the fact that the CCP had recently detonated two nuclear warheads at a test site; had carried out multiple tests of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles; and, in backchannel conversations, had implicitly threatened Los Angeles with nuclear attack. The resolve displayed by Washington in 1996 might be considered particularly remarkable given that the U.S. no longer diplomatically recognized Taiwan’s government at the time…

From Wikipedia:
…Aware of U.S. Navy carrier battle groups’ credible threat to the PLA Navy, the PRC decided to accelerate its military buildup. Soon the People’s Republic ordered Sovremenny -class destroyers …[and] modern attack submarines (Kilo class) and warplanes (76 Su-30MKK and 24 Su-30MK2) to counter the U.S. Navy’s carrier groups.

…The PRC’s attempts at intimidation were counterproductive…The military tests and exercises also strengthened the argument for further U.S. arms sales to the ROC and led to the strengthening of military ties between the U.S. and Japan, increasing the role Japan would play in defending Taiwan.

From WAPO yesterday:

Japan can now give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam under an agreement signed Saturday, as the two countries step up their military cooperation amid worries about China’s growing military influence…

Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the deal elevates their defense partnership “to a new level” and that Japan and Vietnam plan to deepen defense ties through multinational joint exercises and other means. Details about the transfer of specific equipment, including naval vessels, will be worked out in subsequent talks, the ministry said…

…The agreement comes two weeks after the U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris travelled to Vietnam to strengthen ties with the Southeast Asian nation. During the tour, Harris urged countries to stand up against “bullying” by China in the South China Sea…

…Japan’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that Kishi and Giang agreed on the importance of maintaining freedom of navigation and overflight in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as cooperation in various defense areas including cybersecurity…

China did a FON in US territorial waters back in 2015.

The problem today is China just makes up a boundary and says you crossed it.

Endless willy waving.

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Chinese ships “got within 46 n.miles from the Alaskan coast”:

At least they did not fly oversized Chinese flags and got to within a hair breadth from US territorial waters.

Russian warships transit the English Channel with no issues at all.
China just needs something to divert attention from their failing economy…

They never got anywhere near US territorial waters, so no issue.

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The Russians fly their 50 year old bombers down past Alaska just a few miles away from USA territory.
I’m not sure who is more amused by that…

Maybe the fellows that fly 69 year old B-52s as close to Russian territory as they can?:
Introduction: February 1955
First flight: 15 April 1952; 69 years ago
Produced: 1952–1962
Engine types: Pratt & Whitney JT3D, Pratt & Whitney J57

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If they wanted to divert attention from anything, wouldn’t they have gone true one of the navigation channels in the Aleutian Island Chain? (Which is entirely legal per UNCLOS. See Post #43)
PS> And announced their intention so they got the required publicity?

They specialise in distraction.
Or, do they?

Depends on who “they” are. (??)

When you say ‘they’, whom are you referring to?

How close is Alaska to Russia?


The narrowest distance between mainland Russia and mainland Alaska is approximately 55 miles. However, in the body of water between Alaska and Russia, known as the Bering Strait, there lies two small islands known as Big Diomede and Little Diomede. Interestingly enough, Big Diomede is owned by Russia while Little Diomede is owned by the US. The stretch of water between these two islands is only about 2.5 miles wide and actually freezes over during the winter so you could technically walk from the US to Russia on this seasonal sea ice.

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