There is a lot going on in the world these days for which the U.S. needs to be vigilant. Between North Korea and Iran saber-rattling, ISIS displacement into areas as far away as the Philippines, Russia incursions into Ukraine and its stance in Syria, border tensions between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, continued Israeli-Palestinian standoffs, and the spread of the Islamic Caliphate worldwide, President Trump and his administration have their hands full.
For the Secretary of Defense, James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the fact that many of these conflicts have a common link is one of large concern. Although U.S. officials at this time don’t seem to be raising the alarm, it is imperative that Americans stand up and take notice of trends that appear to be ruminating.
Quite a few of these situations have one particular country in common: China. Both North Korea and Iran have a good friend in China. ISIS invading the South China Sea nation of the Philippines is directly opposite the most populous nation on the planet. Russia is in a very tight alliance with China via the Shanghai Cooperative Organization (SCO) that is (some proffer) the answer to NATO, and accounts for half of humanity in its membership. India is currently in a heated border dispute with India along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) where tensions are so high that there may be armed conflict. And now, China is even testing the waters off Alaska!
A Chinese spy ship has been sailing in international waters off the coast of Alaska for several days, having first arrived in the area shortly before the test of a US missile defense system, multiple US officials have told CNN.
US Navy Capt. Scott Miller, spokesperson for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, said the ship is believed to be a “communications” or “intelligence” vessel and confirmed it has been in the area for the last few days.
Two US military officials told CNN that the ship is operating approximately 100 miles off the Alaska coast in international waters.
[Officials] said that the US had observed similar Chinese vessels in recent days sailing off the coast of Guam and shadowing a joint US-Australia military exercise named Talisman Sabre. The official added this level of activity was unusual.
The recent decision to place the THAAD system in Seoul. South Korea, while encountering small protests of less than 100 people, has been an important decision for the U.S., especially in light of the unhinged manner of Pyongyang’s leader, Kim Jong-un.
With North Korea threatening even the shores of Alaska, it is interesting that the Chinese ship happened to be off our coast. If you recall, only three months ago, Russia was also haunting the Alaska coast with fighter jets, as well as increasing its military presence along the eastern shore line of the country, opposite our shores. As well, they have beefed up their presence in the Arctic Circle with ice breakers, seemingly to stake more claims in the north. U.S. national defense officials are taking note of the many incursions and keeping close tabs.