Tensions between America and China
The world it seems gets just that little bit dangerous every day whether its the Middle East or the current happenings in Europe. One part of the world it seems that the media ignores is the Far East and Pacific Region.
Whether this is deliberate or the media at least in the UK where I am from choose to do this or not I cannot say but this area does not seem to attract the same area of media interest as say the happenings in the Middle East.
Never the less this area is a charged area particularly between the Americans and Chinese and as evidence of this comes the news of the testing of new machines of destruction from both the Americans and Chinese.
On the American side a new type of American warship has been undergoing sea trials and is soon set to be part of the American Navy. The ship the 389 ft long USS Detroit that can travel at 40 knots and uses water as jet propulsion. It can operate in just 14 foot of water and has anti - submarine warfare capability with other deadly military capabilities. The ship when it is active will operate out of San Diego, California where facing the Pacific it can be deployed quickly if needs be.
The Chinese for their part in the South China Sea it disputes with Japan and others has unveiled a new set of planes and footage was released showing them on live fire exercise.
Mean while on the Korean Peninsula the US has deployed a new missile system to check the missile capability of the North and the Chinese have made some angry noises about this.
Its ok keeping your eye on Russia, the Middle East etc but the Pacific and Far East could also be a potential flash point in any war to come.
On Barack Obama's watch the tensions between the Chinese and the Americans have some what become tense as the two super powers size each other up. The United States is like the old boy on the block these days still a powerful nation who could realistically take on all comers and win with a huge nuclear arsenal to boot. The US has fought many wars since the ending of WWII some successfully and some not so successful. Never the less its power across the world and that of its Allies like NATO won the Cold War and has kept the peace even though Russia once again is a strong player in the world. Whoever takes over in the Oval Office in January Trump or Clinton will have to contend with a China growing in power on the military front throwing down the gauntlet to the US.
China is a growing power militarily in the world and its President Xi Jinping looks like a man in total control and a very self assured man at the helm. He has a growing military with nuclear weapons that is growing in strength and sophistication every year. His regime is in dispute with other nations that claim areas in the South China Sea such as Japan and the Philippines and Taiwan and Vietnam. It backs North Korea on the Korean Peninsula with the US backing the South Koreans.
There are diplomatic relations between the Chinese and Americans but it maybe getting to the stage where both nations view each other as threats with a "This town a'int big enough for the both of us" feel.
Lets us hope that as with with the Soviet Union or indeed Putin's Russia the very real possibility of a war leading to nuclear conflagration will make both sides keep talking.
Nations that dispute South China Sea with China.
Brief Resume of Xia Jinping
President of the Peoples Republic of China
Leader of the Communist Party
Expected to lead China for the next decade
Has implored his people to follow the Chinese dream
Is opposed to corruption in China
Born in Beijing in 1953
Understands ordinary people through working with them