China took over the Spratly Islands, and with them, the South China Sea last week. Due to the fact that the US has scrapped the navy, spent in excess of a trillion dollars on the F-35 that still isn't operational, and devoted its attentions to making the military friendly to men who prefer dresses, in the face of China's move, the US has no options. It has been checkmated.
This means that the US has lost the South China Sea to China, and with it, its dominant position that it has held since World War II.
This is the biggest story of the decade from the perspective of global security and US national security. And yet, there has been almost no coverage of the event, no coverage of the significance of China's action. There has been no notable discussion of what this means for US-China trade, what it means for the alliance structure the US built in the far East with Japan and South Korea.

There are two main reasons for the silence.
First, as Ben Rhodes said so contemptuously, most reporters don't know anything international affairs. And so they cannot fathom the significance of the massive changes taking place in the global arena. They are simply too stupid or ignorant or ideologically driven to adequately cover their subjects and their editors are too stupid' politically motivated or driven by internet ads to understand why it is important to publish stories that have nothing to do with Beyonce or Bruce Jenner in a dress.
The other reason there has been no discussion of this massive loss of US power is because the White House doesn't want to discuss it. Obama has marketed himself as a genius. His pivot to Asia, was brilliant. His plan to apologize to the Japanese for the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which put an end to World War II and saved the lives of an estimated 1 million American soldiers, is the last word in 21st century statecraft.
It wouldn't do for the public to be made aware of the fact that Obama's imbecilic stewardship of US-Asian relations has led to China emergence as the predominant power in Asia at America's expense.
And since in the echo chamber, the Blob reports what Ben Rhodes and Obama tell them to report, there has been radio silence. -Caroline Glick

Two thoughts, we are losing our preeminence because we have an administration that is more focused on fundamental transformation and foisting "alternative" lifestyles upon us than protecting us and looking out for American interests. Second, nearly every product we purchase is made in China. That reason alone would make any sort of military confrontation or challenge with China doubtful. If we ever went to war with China it would put us in a precarious position and disrupt the supply line.

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Obama's comments on sovereignty draw angry response from ChinaBy Paul Elliott May 25, 2016 000 The visit is Obama's first to the country and the third by a sitting president since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. Even though the embargo has been dropped, all weapons sales between the US and Vietnam will still be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, so the embargo could once again be reinstated. He was warmly greeted during his talk at Hanoi's National Convention Center but drew silence when he spoke about human rights. The government in Hanoi says that only lawbreakers are punished. He said the U.S. was not trying to impose its form of government on Vietnam but said some values were universal. "That's where new ideas happen". "That's how a Facebook starts. That's how some of our greatest companies began", he said. Other human rights advocates were less willing to cut Obama slack. The Pentagon says China has reclaimed more than 1,295 hectares (3,200 acres) of land in the southeastern South China Sea and is developing and building military installations on the manmade islands. Obama said Vietnam has nothing to fear from upholding these rights. One Vietnamese lawyer tweeted a photo showing spaces around the table in a room at the U.S. Embassy - "Why the empty chairs?" she asked. Some activists criticized the move, saying it took away the president's leverage to push for greater human rights freedoms in Vietnam. "I repeat this again - no conflict", he said. But China's Global Times tabloid, run by the Chinese Communist Party's official People's Daily, said that was a lie and made a point of what it said was a USA willingness to relax standards on human rights for the sake of containing China. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attended a ceremony on Tuesday in which a deal was agreed with Vietnam to allow the U.S. Peace Corps to work there. "As part of our engagement with [the Association of Southeast Asian Nations] and the East Asia Summit, we're working together to advance regional security and stability", he said. Experts in China said they expected that US warships would sooner or later be granted access to Cam Ranh Bay, a deep-water port that served as the key USA naval base during the Vietnam War. The lifting of the ban draws a line under a troubled history between the two former adversaries amid their shared concerns over China's growing military power and territorial tensions in the South China Sea. "Big nations should not bully smaller ones, disputes should be resolved peacefully", he told an audience in Hanoi, referring to the disputed maritime region. "So really, it's about all of us, each country, trying to consistently apply these principles", he said. After Hanoi, Obama flew to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon. He visited the Jade Emperor Pagoda, considered one of the most lovely pagodas in southern Vietnam and a repository of religious documents that includes more than 300 statues and other relics. A strong smell of incense hung in the air - visitors frequently burn incense outside the main temple to announce to the heavens their arrival. Tri-County Sun Times

China reportedly will send nuclear-armed submarines to patrol Pacific

The Chinese military reportedly is planning to send submarines armed with nuclear weapons to patrol the Pacific Ocean for the first time amid territorial disputes over islands in the region.

The Guardian, citing Chinese military officials, said that while the timing for a maiden patrol has not yet been determined, Beijing insists that such an action is inevitable.

The report comes days after U.S. President Barack Obama announced that he had lifted a decades-long arms embargo against Vietnam. Chinese officials publicly praised the move, but an opinion piece in a state-run newspaper warned that any attempt to enlist Vietnam in an effort to contain China "bodes ill for regional peace and stability, as it would further complicate the situation in the South China Sea, and risk turning the region into a tinderbox of conflicts."

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry responded Monday by saying that it was China's actions in the South and East China Seas that could create a tinderbox.

"I would caution China to not unilaterally move to engage in reclamation activities and militarization of islands," he said.

The Pentagon says China has reclaimed more than 3,200 acres of land in the South China Sea and is developing and building military installations on the manmade islands.

As a consequence, the U.S. and Vietnam have steadily strengthened their relationship in recent years, in line with growing Vietnamese concern over Chinese moves to assert its maritime claims.

Despite China and Vietnam being Communist countries, clashes in 1988 over their conflicting claims in the South China Sea killed dozens of people. The tensions reared again in 2014, when China parked an oil rig off Vietnam's central coast, sparking confrontations at sea and deadly anti-China riots in Vietnam.

Last week, the Pentagon said two Chinese fighter jets flew within about 50 feet of a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane in what was termed an "unsafe intercept."

China responded by demanding that the U.S. end surveillance patrols around the South China Sea, with a foreign ministry spokesman claiming that such missions "seriously endanger Chinese maritime security."

Earlier this month, a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed within 12 miles of China’s Fiery Cross reef, an artificial island made after months of dredging operations. It was the third time the Navy sailed a warship close to a contested Chinese island in what the Pentagon calls “freedom of navigation” operations. Beijing responded by scrambling fighter jets to show its displeasure. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.





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