In a very terse "WTF" moment, China dispatched THREE of their long range, nuclear-capable, bomber aircraft to buzz the US territory of GUAM in the Pacific Ocean earlier this week to conduct "nuclear attack drills!"
US National Security Advisor HR McMaster issued a veiled threat to Beijing claiming that the overflights near the Pentagon bases are “not in China’s best interests.”
McMaster, an appointee of US President Donald Trump, made his remarks in Washington DC on Friday after Chinese heavy bombers staged practice nuclear attack drills near the major US Pacific Ocean military installation ahead of the president's upcoming visit to the Pacific region, which will include stops in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Reports of the Chinese air attack drills against US-led territories were kept quiet by the mainstream press but details leaked via the Virginia-based Military Times, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP).
"I think the United States recognizes that any kind of military effort like that will not be in China's interest," McMaster said in response to the news of the airborne nuclear attack exercises by Beijing.
The national security advisor stated that "convincing your enemy, or potential enemy that they cannot accomplish their objectives through the use of military force," would be a touchstone of Trump's upcoming talks with Asian leaders, including China's President Xi Jinping, cited by SCMP.
The Chinese mainland-based H-6K Badger heavy bombers are frequently equipped with 1000-mile-range nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.
Trump is currently in Hawaii preparatory to his first Pacific region stop in Tokyo on Monday to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
"Diplomacy is our main effort," McMaster asserted, regarding the US president's travels.
He added, however, that "military force is an option that we have to consider because of how grave that threat is."
This took me totally by surprise. On its face, it does not seem to make sense. So first, I look to the obvious:
1) China did this simply because they could. It reminds the US and the world, they are, in fact, a superpower.
2) China did this because the US keeps sending naval vessels within the 12 mile "territorial waters" of the artificial islands China built in the South China Sea. China claims them to be their "territory" but no one in the world recognizes artificial islands in the middle of the ocean as "territory" subject to a twelve mile limit.
3) China did this because the U.S. is doing it to it's ally, North Korea, and China wants to make certain the US remembers that China has a treaty to defend North Korea.
4) China did this knowing President Trump is traveling to Asia this weekend, and they wanted to give HIM a little of the "action" he gave Chinese President Xi Jinping, while Xi was at Trump's estate in Mar a Lago (Trump told Xi the US had just bombed Syria while the two men were eating chocolate cake.) Thus, China got to blindside Trump the way Trump blindsided Xi? Tit-for-tat?
Of all the obvious possibilities above, #3 is most troublesome; simply because it is true.
I have no idea where this is going, and because this became available to me at 10:30 on a Saturday night, it is not a time which is conducive for me to reach my former colleagues in the FBI JTTF or other agencies. It's not important enough for me to to barge-in on their personal, family time. So I'll reach out to them tomorrow and maybe get some info; otherwise it has to wait until Monday.
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