The US and China have engaged in a non-stop war of words since the US announced last month that it will deploy missiles in the region. China issued a statement saying that it will not stand by with no counter-measures – it plans to ramp up its defensive capabilities and deploy missiles aimed at US interests and US allies.
US national security adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday that the deployment of intermediate-range ballistic missiles or IRBM are necessary to protect US and Japanese interests that are in striking distance of Chinese missiles and he made it clear – US missiles are to protect US allies.
China on Tuesday said that any country that accepted US missiles on its soil should expect retaliation from the Middle Kingdom. Fu Cong, director of the Foreign Ministry`s Arms Control Department said that Australia, South Korea and Japan should “exercise prudence” and not allow the US to deploy such weapons as such a move would not serve the international security interests of these countries.
Clearly China is expanding its interest in Asia, and it will challenge Japan, Australia, and South Korea in the shipping lanes and for resources in the region. Note that China needs resources from Africa, and Asia and it is investing on said resources at a rapid pace. Expect more island building and bases in the South China Sea and a more aggressive Chinese Navy and Air Force in the region.