It’s becoming clear that the US Navy is using the Royal Navy as bait in the attempt to learn just how willing Russia and China are to defend their territorial claims and what cards they have to play in that regard.
The United Kingdom has announced plans to permanently deploy a fleet of naval vessels to Japan, sailing through the South China Sea, as Western countries increase engagement in the Pacific region.
The UK announced on Tuesday that it will be permanently deploying two naval vessels to waters surrounding Japan later this year ahead of the HMS ‘Queen Elizabeth’-led aircraft carrier strike group’s arrival in Japan.
“Following on from the strike group’s inaugural deployment, the United Kingdom will permanently assign two ships in the region from later this year,” UK Defense Minister Ben Wallace said in Tokyo at a joint press conference with his Japanese counterpart, Nobuo Kishi. “We will respect China and we hope that China respects us. We will sail where international law allows.”
Wallace stated that the British vessels will not be specifically based at a Japanese port but will patrol the surrounding waters.
Of course, this involves a redefinition of “where international law allows” in order to test the willingness of Russia and China to put their ship-killing missiles where their lines on the map are. Using the British ships as a proxy is actually a good sign, as it means the USN has an excuse to back down and avoid WWIII if either the Russians or Chinese decide to call their bluff and sink the intruding ship with something the US forces aren’t equipped to handle.
If I had to guess who is more likely to call and raise, I would think it would be China. Having successfully taken Hong Kong, the Chinese are increasingly confident of bringing Taiwan back into the fold and Xi appears to be a little bolder and a lot less deferential to the neoclowns than Putin.
And time is not on the neoclowns’ side. Every month, the China-Russia-Iran Concord grows stronger, while both the neoclowns’ grip on the North Atlantic Empire and the Empire itself gets weaker. If the neoclowns don’t make use the North Atlantic forces soon, they will lose the ability to do so, and they’ve never had more influence over an administration than they do over the fraudulent Biden one.
The problem is, the effort to use that influence risks stirring up both the American and the British people against them. It’s legitimately a difficult call, but their historical lack of risk aversion will, sooner or later, lead them to push their luck too far. This is why war is more likely than not, barring the exposure and removal of the fraudulent administration.