Donald Trump’s chief strategist ‘We’re going to war in the South China Sea … no doubt’

Posted: February 2, 2017 in Donald Trump, South China Sea, USA
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The United States and China will fight a war within the next 10 years over islands in the South China Sea, and “there’s no doubt about that”. At the same time, the US will be in another “major” war in the Middle East.

Those are the views – nine months ago at least – of one of the most powerful men in Donald Trump’s administration, Steve Bannon, the former head of far-right news website Breitbart who is now chief strategist at the White House.

the guardian

Benjamin Haas in Hong Kong

Thursday 2 February 2017 03.55 GMT
Last modified on Thursday 2 February 2017 12.07 GMT

The United States and China will fight a war within the next 10 years over islands in the South China Sea, and “there’s no doubt about that”. At the same time, the US will be in another “major” war in the Middle East.

Those are the views – nine months ago at least – of one of the most powerful men in Donald Trump’s administration, Steve Bannon, the former head of far-right news website Breitbart who is now chief strategist at the White House.

In the first weeks of Trump’s presidency, Bannon has emerged as a central figure. He was appointed to the “principals committee” of the National Security Council in a highly unusual move and was influential in the recent travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, overruling Department of Homeland Security officials who felt the order did not apply to green card holders.

While many in Trump’s team are outspoken critics of China, in radio shows Bannon hosted for Breitbart he makes plain the two largest threats to America: China and Islam.

“We’re going to war in the South China Sea in five to 10 years,” he said in March 2016. “There’s no doubt about that. They’re taking their sandbars and making basically stationary aircraft carriers and putting missiles on those. They come here to the United States in front of our face – and you understand how important face is – and say it’s an ancient territorial sea.”

China says nearly the entire South China Sea falls within its territory, with half a dozen other countries maintaining partially overlapping claims. China has built a series of artificial islands on reefs and rocks in attempt to bolster its position, complete with military-length airstrips and anti-aircraft weapons.

Bannon’s sentiments and his position in Trump’s inner circle add to fears of a military confrontation with China, after secretary of state Rex Tillerson said that the US would deny China access to the seven artificial islands. Experts warned any blockade would lead to war.

Bannon is clearly wary of China’s growing clout in Asia and beyond, framing the relationship as entirely adversarial, predicting a global culture clash in the coming years.

“You have an expansionist Islam and you have an expansionist China. Right? They are motivated. They’re arrogant. They’re on the march. And they think the Judeo-Christian west is on the retreat,” Bannon said during a February 2016 radio show.

On the day Trump was inaugurated, China’s military warned that war between the two countries was a real possibility.

“A ‘war within the president’s term’ or ‘war breaking out tonight’ are not just slogans, they are becoming a practical reality,” an official wrote on the website of the People’s Liberation Army.

Aside from conflict between armies, Bannon repeatedly focused on his perception that Christianity around the world is under threat.

In one radio show, used to promote an article incorrectly claiming that a mosque had been built at the North Pole, Bannon focused heavily on China’s oppression of Christian groups.

“The one thing the Chinese fear more than America … they fear Christianity more than anything,” he said.

But China is not the only hotspot Bannon sees, and forecasts another ground war for American troops in the Middle East.

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Comments
  1. james says:

    The trends…….

    Democrat:
    Major wars earlier (WW I & II, Korean, Vietnam)
    Relatively Minor wars now (Bosnia, Libya, Syria, Yemen)

    Republican:
    Major wars now (Gulf War I & II, Afghanistan)

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  2. Jai Hind says:

    If US wants to lead in Asia Pacific, it has to do something . If not, US will loose its pre eminence as super power across the globe. Russia is highly provocative in Ukrain , Latvia and challenging NATO. Steve Bannon wants to create white block including Russia.. This will be their first priority. Once this concepts take roots, US will flex its muscles in Asia PAC. Rise of China means White people ( no matter where they live, what they speak) will have to face Chinese competition in ego politics and economics. They won’t let the gap close. So China has to reset its game soon.. Does it want to face the white world alone or together with India.. for Indians, faster we understand the new paradigm , better will be our options. White supremacist are gaining traction not only in US but EU too. Russia can fit into the pack anytime. This is the sad situation but this is the coming reality.

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  3. Nathan says:

    These prophets of doom no better than those who spend years trying to figure out the stock market, and yet can’t predict what the indices will look like tomorrow or a year from now.

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