Anyone who has been stationed anywhere near the Korean Peninsula can tell you that it can be a pretty dangerous part of the world on the wrong day.

Heck, for decades it seemed that even on the best of days we were always on the brink of hostility given the fact that the Korean War only actually ended a few weeks ago.

Because of this nations with a presence in the region have had missiles pointed at each other for what seemed like forever.

President Trump and his team have been working overtime to gain cooperation from Beijing on North Korea.

Now China has sent out threats towards the US. China said they will have no choice but to build its forces in the South China Sea if the US keeps provoking problems in the waters.

These threats came after the USS Hopper, a US Navy warship came too close to a contested reef just west of the Philippines.

This was only two days prior to Jim Mattis’s unveiling of a new plan. He stated that terrorism isn’t the biggest threat to the United States, China and Russia are. 

 Via 100percentfedup: More winning…“If the relevant party once more makes trouble out of nothing and causes tensions, then it will only cause China to reach this conclusion: in order to earnestly protect peace in the South China Sea, China must strengthen and speed up the building of its abilities there,” The People’s Daily said in the commentary, according to Reuters.

On May 4, 2018, ABC News reported that for the first time, according to the US CNBC network, China stationed missiles on three outposts in the Spratlys — Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef, and Mischief Reef — which lie between Vietnam and the Philippines.

On one level the move was hardly surprising, given China had already placed missiles on Woody Island further north, and had installed military hardware on another artificial island in the Spratlys.

The maneuver, however, sent an implicit threat to other claimant nations that if they even try to exercise their rights to the Spratly Islands they will come within range of Chinese missiles.

More importantly, though, China’s move represented a more explicit threat to the US, which has maintained an ongoing military presence in the South China Sea for decades, as a counter to Beijing’s growing territorial ambitions.

The US is arguably the only nation with the power and motive to stop China’s military expansion in the area.

After all the South China Sea is one of the busiest shopping lanes in the world.

Some estimates suggest as much as a third of all shipping passes through there.

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