“While Australian warships were being challenged, a top US admiral was telling Congress Beijing now controlled the South China Sea.”
The island fortresses are built. The airfields are ready. The harbours are open.
All China needs do now is move in the warships and combat jets.
The chief of US Fleet Forces Command has told US Congress that Beijing has built up enough military infrastructure in the South China Sea to completely control the disputed waterway.
“Once occupied, China will be able to extend its influence thousands of miles to the south and project power deep into Oceania,” Admiral Philip S. Davidson wrote.
“The PLA will be able to use these bases to challenge US presence in the region, and any forces deployed to the islands would easily overwhelm the military forces of any other South China Sea-claimants.
“In short, China is now capable of controlling the South China Sea in all scenarios short of war with the United States.”