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Are We Going To War With China

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Posted: December 30, 2016 at 5:08 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

On December 15, 2016, the Chinese navy seized an unmanned underwater vehicle or (UUV) from the USNS Bowditch.

The Bowditch carried a civilian crew on board but operated with the Military Sealift Command. The ship was sailing in international waters during the encounter with the Chinese Navy. According to cnn.com, the incident happened off the coast of the Philippines in the Subic Bay where the Bowditch was sailing.

The Bowditch is an oceanographic vessel for research. The Chinese Navy believed that the ship was gathering intelligence on the Chinese navy, so it was following the Bowditch. When the Bowditch stopped to pick up the drone, a small Chinese boat came very close to the Bowditch and took the drone.

It turns out that the drone was not spying on the Chinese navy, but gathering information on ocean patterns, ocean conditions, and other scientific research. The central question, why would the Chinese government want to steal a drone from the United States?

As we know, the Chinese military is growing its military strength. By seizing this drone, it can help them build their own Chinese underwater drone in the future. The Chinese have done the same thing with cyber warfare, for example, stealing information on the F-22 and f-35 to make their j-20 and j-31 stealth fighter jet.

Another reason, why this incident might have happened is because Donald Trump took a phone call from the Twain president, which made China angry because it violated the one China policy. The Chinese government might be testing the new president-elect Donald Trump by making a bold move by seizing the drone. If this is the case, then the Chinese need to know America won’t give in.

There needs to be a firm responds to Chinese aggression for stealing the (UUV) in international waters. The Chinese continue to test America by continuing to attack the United States with economic warfare, cyber warfare, and military aggression in the South China Sea. Now, add on top of that the stealing of a drone in the international waters.

China can no longer bully the American government. The president should take action by passing sanctions by banning Chinese students from attending American universities. According to iie.org the number of Chinese students attending American universities for the school year of2015 and 2016 was 328,547. It will hurt their economy and send them a message. It will hurt the American economy, but it is worth it. The reason why it is worth it is because those Chinese students go back to their country to development technology for the Chinese military and other industries. These industries might become a threat to the United States in the future.

What we will continue to see from China is a growing power which will become more of a danger to the world and the United States. If action is not taken now, the increasing trend will continue. We see the beginning of an empire.

When we look at history, Adolf Hitler could have been stopped, if the allies would have intervened during his annexation of the Rhineland. This invasion allowed him to take the (Ruhr) the industrial heartland of Germany. Once Adolf Hitler entered the Rhineland, he violated the Treaty of Versailles according to wikipedia.org. If the ally powers would have intervened at that time and movement, then War World II might not have happened.

This is why it is so important to stop China now before it is too late. Even if it is a small step like sanctions, banning travel, visa ban, not buying Chinese goods, Banning Chinese students from attending any education in America, and other punishments this would hurt their economy and make them think twice before messing with the United States. If there is no action taken, then World War is more likely. When it is too late to stop the Chinese, then world war will become a reality.

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1.http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/12/17/china-returns-us-drone-after-explaining-seizure/95555610/

2.http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/16/politics/chinese-warship-underwater-drone-stolen/

3.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Versailles

4.http://www.iie.org/Services/Project-Atlas/United-States/International-Students-In-US#.WFZe7lxNOM8