In the past recent years, the emergence of China as a rapidly growing manufacturing hub has stunned the world with new hope for developing nations. China’s economic leap has proved China to be an example of one of the fastest growing economies and has demonstrated the potential for growth and expansion in developing nations through the implementation of a hybrid of capitalism and communism, paving the way for what experts now call “The Third Way”. The great capabilities of China have been used not only in the economic and manufacturing front, but the world is also witnessing an expansion in the rapidly growing nation’s military might, most notably in the South China Sea. But for the most part, this rapid growth in China’s militaristic power has not turned out to be a peaceful and fruitful action for stability in regard to the nations in the South China Sea as well as the United States. In fact China’s militarization of the South China Sea has disrupted the security of the nations involved in the dispute, further compelling the United States to step in and take the necessary actions to restore peace and cohesion in the region. This peacekeeping mission of the United States has been perceived by the Chinese as a challenge for Chinese presence in the South China Sea and China’s deployment of missiles on the artificial islands has worsened the situation, leading to global outrage and massive regional peace disruption. Politicians and former naval officers of the United States believe that if situations persist, these infuriating actions of the Chinese military may culminate in a war.
The South China Sea is one of the most important bodies of water in the world. It has been estimated that the Sea contains about 11 billion barrels of oil, 109 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 10 percent of the world’s total fisheries. Most notably, about 30 percent of the world’s shipping trade flows through the South China Sea to and from the busy ports of Southeast Asia.