December, 4:05 p.m., 2020
The US has command of the major trade chokepoints around the Earth and they happen to be under or near its WIP and Pluto lines. In our lifetimes the Earth’s geography does not shift perceptually. There are few straits as important as the Strait of Hormuz, Malacca and Bering Straits. Given the unprecedented Neptune and Pluto transit activity to the WIP planets and to the US Mercury/Pluto.
MERCURY/PLUTO A*C*G LINES
Today this msn.com news story:
Military activity is picking up in the quiet waters between the US and Russia
“The Bering Strait, between Alaska and Russia’s Far East, has long been an area of low tension and cooperation on matters like waterway management and fisheries enforcement. But expectations of increased commercial and military activity in the Arctic have raised the strait’s strategic profile.”
“”The issues that we’re facing and talking about in the GIUK Gap, you need to be very cognizant that they could also appear in the Bering Sea,” added Fraser, who led Alaska Command in the mid-2000s.
Fraser is not alone in that assessment. At a Senate hearing in March, the Navy’s top officer, Adm. Michael Gilday, said he expected the Bering Strait to be “strategically as important as the Strait of Malacca or the Strait of Hormuz.””
China says tailed U.S. warship in Taiwan Strait
“SHANGHAI/TAIPEI (Reuters) – China’s military tailed a U.S. warship as it passed through the sensitive Taiwan Strait on Saturday, the Chinese military said, denouncing such missions as sending “flirtatious glances” to supporters of Taiwan independence.”
“The U.S. Navy said the guided missile destroyer USS Mustin had conducted “a routine Taiwan Strait transit (on) Dec. 19 in accordance with international law”.
“The ship’s transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” it added.
This is the 12th sailing through the strait by the U.S. Navy this year.”
NEWS REPORTED ON DECEMBER 20, 2020 FROM msn.com:
China aircraft carrier sails through Taiwan Strait raising alarm
“An aircraft carrier group led by China’s newest carrier, the Shandong, sailed through the Taiwan Strait on its way to routine drills in the South China Sea, China’s navy said on Monday, after Taiwan mobilised its forces to monitor the convoy.”
“The carrier’s move through the strait comes amid rising tension between China and Taiwan, which Beijing sees as part of its territory. The democratically ruled island says it has recorded almost daily incursions into its airspace by the Chinese armed forces in recent months.”
UPDATE DECEMBER 25, 2020 a reuters.com article:
Japan official, calling Taiwan ‘red line,’ urges Biden to ‘be strong’
““There’s a red line in Asia – China and Taiwan,” Nakayama said, citing a red line that former President Barack Obama declared over Syria’s use of chemical weapons – a line Damascus then crossed. Biden was Obama’s vice president.
“How will Joe Biden in the White House react in any case if China crosses this red line?” said Nakayama, who attended a memorial for the late former Taiwanese president Lee Teng-hui in August, before taking his defence position. “The United States is the leader of the democratic countries. I have a strong feeling to say: America, be strong!””
NEWS UPDATE FROM JANUARY 12TH IN reuters.com:
Citing Biden transition, U.S. cancels U.N. envoy’s trip to Taiwan
“Craft’s Taiwan trip appeared to be another part of an effort by Pompeo and President Donald Trump’s Republican administration to lock in a tough approach to China before Democratic President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 20.”
Taiwan’s government expressed “understanding and respect” for the decision, but also regret.
NEWS UPDATE FROM JANUARY 23, 2021, aljazeera.com:
China authorises coast guard to fire on foreign vessels
Legislation also allows demolition of other countries’ structures built on Chinese-claimed reefs.
“Those activities have brought the coast guard into frequent contact with air and sea forces from Japan, its chief ally the US, and other claimants to territory in the South China Sea, including Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Both water bodies are considered potential flashpoints and the law’s passage may be a signal China is preparing to up the stakes over what it considers its key national interests.
Controlling them is a strategic imperative if China wishes to displace the US as the dominant military power in East Asia, while the resources they contain, including fish stocks and undersea deposits of oil and natural gas, may be key to maintaining China’s continued economic development.”
NEWS STORY REPORTED JANUARY 23, 2021 by reuters.com:
Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese air force
“We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.
“We will continue to assist Taiwan in maintaining a sufficient self-defence capability.”
There was no immediate comment from China. In the past, China has said it has been carrying out exercises to defend its sovereignty and security.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry expressed its thanks for the show of U.S. support, adding they would work closely with the Biden administration to strengthen their close partnership.”
NEWS REPORTED OUT FEBRUARY 4, 2021 BY msn.com:
A US Navy warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait for the first time since Biden became commander in chief
“The latest Taiwan Strait follows another on Dec. 31, 2020 that involved the McCain, as well as the destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur. In total, the US Navy sent warships through the Taiwan Strait 13 times last year as tensions rose between China and the democratic nation it views as a breakaway province.”