Editorial: Far East has now become a hot spot
The rogue country of North Korea has a new young leader, who has a different style of leadership. The country has been sabre-rattling more than normal this spring.
North Korea’s threats include nuclear attacks on South Korea and U.S. targets. Those threats are being taken seriously, with the U.S. sending stealth bombers on training flights to South Korea.
China has also been asserting itself across the South China Sea. In recent decades, China has been involved in conflicts due to its territorial claims to the entire South China Sea. China has been involved in incidents with Taiwan, Japan, Philippines and Vietnam.
In recent years, China has become more aggressive in the South China Sea as it seeks to claim 1 million square miles of energy and fishing resources.
There is no easy answer to North Korea’s nuclear threat or China’s development as a maritime power. Both are now major factors in the Far East, providing serious challenges to the U.S. and its interests.
The Far East has not been a major U.S. focus since the end of the Vietnam War in the early 1970s. The U.S. recently announced an addition of new missiles to our west coast defense system. This is another indication of the growing around the Pacific Rim.
This development is something for all to be concerned about.