One nation has started saber rattling with the Presidential transition taking place.

They are issuing threats that the U.S. is on a collision course for a military conflict.

But it’s not the one country everyone would assume.

While the Obama administration has been ratcheting up their rhetoric towards Russia – and expelling diplomats and imposing new sanctions in response to their alleged hacking – another major country is ramping up their military posture.

China has built several artificial islands in the South China seas.

These islands include airstrips and anti-aircraft guns.

During his confirmation hearings, Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson floated the idea of a military blockade as a response to China’s aggressive posture.

Soon after, a state-run Chinese newspaper fired off an editorial declaring this would lead to a “military clash”.

The Independent reports:

“The Global Times editorial said: “The US has no absolute power to dominate the South China Sea. Tillerson had better bone up on nuclear power strategies if he wants to force a big nuclear power to withdraw from its own territories. 

“If Trump’s diplomatic team shapes future Sino-US ties as it is doing now, the two sides had better prepare for a military clash.

“China has enough determination and strength to make sure that his rabble rousing will not succeed. Unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South China Sea, any other approaches to prevent Chinese access to the islands will be foolish.

“It is hoped that Tillerson will desire a productive partnership with China more and his harsh words are just coaxing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.”

$5 trillion dollars in trade passes through the South China Sea every year.

The Chinese military buildup could be viewed as an attempt to control one of the major trade routes for energy in the world.

China previously denied the buildup is for military purposes and claimed the islands are used for commercial purposes.

But that was debunked by testimony from Robert Cardillo, head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

The National Interest reports:

“Asked by a members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence what’s behind China’s “warlike” militarization of some of the 3,200 acres of new islands,Cardillo said one of the key questions his agency has sought to answer is what China’s intentions behind the program are.

“Part of the Chinese narrative has been that they’re commercial, even tourist-related, etc., and we have identified indications that there is more to that story,” he said.

“And the more that we’ve identified are military-related structures and equipment that at least gives the Chinese the option to permanently post military forces in and on these islands,” Cardillo said.

“So our job, obviously, is to warn about that possibility, and of course, identify it when we see it.”

So is a military clash with China inevitable?

Or is this just posturing from the Chinese government?

Trump has indicated the “one China” policy – where the U.S. refuses to recognize the democratically elected government in Taiwan – could be up for negotiation.

Mainland Communist China has stated this is not up for negotiation and the present “one China” policy – which the U.S. has abided by since the 1970’s – must remain in place.

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