Washington: United States and China are on a collision course. A week into White House, and Donald Trump seems to be taking the US on a confrontation course with China. The two major powers of the world are expected to see some tough talking, if not an immediate outbreak of hostilities over South China Sea.
The South China Sea issue is not new. Several nations have claim over the area that China calls its own. Not just China has established control over some of tiny islands, it has expanded others and has also gone on to create huge artificial islands and establishing complete control over the area.China_Liaoning_aircraft_carrier
Donald Trump has been singling out China as the biggest opponent of the US and has said on more than one occasion that China needs to be taught a lesson. It has also questioned one-China policy of previous administration.
Sean Spicer, White House press secretary while talking about south China sea issue said, “the US is going to make sure that we protect our interests there…So it’s a question of if those islands are in fact in international waters and not part of China proper, then yes, we’re going to make sure that we defend international territories from being taken over by one country”. When asked if this means forcibly driving China out of the area, he said “I think as we develop further, we’ll have more information on that.”