America: Making friends everywhere it goes!
As part of Obama's ingenious "pivot to Asia", Washington has decided to challenge Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter confirmed on Tuesday that a U.S. warship "had passed within 12 miles of a Chinese artificial island." Considering that China is ringed by U.S. naval bases, starting in Japan and snaking down to South Korea, it's not difficult to imagine why China is "sort of upset" about these latest developments.
Although a top Chinese admiral announced today that Beijing was open to dialogue with the U.S. regarding the South China Sea, the Chinese government seems to be running out of patience. In response to the U.S. maneuvers, Beijing called the action illegal, summoned the U.S. Ambassador, and then warned the U.S. not to "make a fool of itself". Oh, and China is ready to take all necessary measures to protect its legitimate interests in the region. Watch this incredible video of Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang slamming Washington:
American global hegemony is over. The sooner Washington accepts this, the better.
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