Dispute over South China Sea shows no signs of settling down. In the meantime, war experts are predicting that Australia might be the first to get caught in the crossfire. U.S. aircrafts and Chinese warships are constantly on the verge of engaging in an all-out battle over the yet unclaimed territorial waters. Regardless of which side Australia decides to pick, it will inevitably end up on the losing side.
Why Could Australia End Up Facing the Consequences?
The United States is the greatest ally of Australia. On the other hand, there is no bigger contributor of trade for the country than China. The escalating power struggle over the South China Sea might not have anything to do with Australia. But the country might soon be called upon by one of the superpowers to lend its support.
James Brown of the U.S. Studies Centre at Sydney University has mentioned that Australia might find itself in more than a pickle soon. “We would need to make some hard decisions on how and where we would contribute support to the U.S. in that kind of conflict and we’d also need to think through seriously the impact on our economy,” he said, reported ABC. As to whom Australia would choose to support is anyone’s guess.
South China Sea: An Unsolvable Dispute
China maintains that the dispute over the South China Sea has got nothing to do with the United States, reported Reuters. It has also emphasized the fact that China has the right to protect its sovereignty at all costs. America, on the other hand, is not ready to let one country threaten the international borders of multiple Asian countries.
“We are going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island building stops and second, your access to those islands is not going to be allowed,” said Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State. However, any violent move from either of the two countries would mean an escalation in tension.
Any such move even has the potential to trigger WW3. Hence, both countries might have enough military buildup set in the area. But neither are in immediate hurry to launch an attack.