As far back as 2011, American elected officials, including former Congressman Allen West (R), warned of the imminent threat that China and its growing military pose to the US and its allies.
In an interview with the Shark Tank, West expressed concern over how quickly “Red China” was procuring natural resources throughout the world.
Within 8 years, they are going to have the world’s largest deep water navy flying under a Chinese flag. –Allen West
During his two-term stint in the White House, President Obama did nothing more than issue tepid warnings against China for their incursion in to the South China Sea, warnings that were all but laughed throughout the far east.
Now China has expanded its reach in the South China Sea by adding over 3,200 acres on to their already-existing and occupied sites.
According to a CNN report, “China has excavated deep channels to improve access to its outposts, created artificial harbors, dredged natural harbors and constructed new berthing areas to allow access for larger ships, according to the Pentagon’s annual China Military Power report.”
In addition, three of the sites will have 10,000 runways built on them.
Why would China need to build these long runways in such remote areas?
Enter President Donald Trump.
Even before he took office, Trump talked about getting tough with China on trade, but has not really said what exactly he would do to try to curb China’s military expansion in the region.
Just four years ago, Senator Marco Rubio spoke about “The China Dream,” which is nothing more than a book that calls for China to surpass the US both militarily and economically, and is adhered to by Chinese leaders.
Rubio also warned that China is currently “trying to supplant us as the leading power in the world.
Now Senators Marco Rubio (R) and Ben Cardin (D) have penned the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act, which according to a press release, targets “Chinese individuals and entities that participate in Beijing’s illegitimate activities in the South China Sea and East China Sea.”
“China’s illegitimate actions in the South China Sea threaten the region’s security and American commerce… These ongoing, flagrant violations of international norms cannot be allowed to go unchecked, and the sanctions called for in this legislation would put Beijing on notice that the United States means business and intends to hold violators accountable.”-Sen. Marco Rubio
With Trump now in the Oval Office, it is fair to say that just out any pro-American bill coming out of the Republican-led Senate and House will surely be signed into law.