|US Navy Photo : 091021-N-3283P-201 The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer JS Kurama (DDH 144) leads ships|
Sometimes to the consumer of main stream U.S news it seems America is alone in the world on just about every issue. Worse it seems like not only does no one share our views we depress the morale of the rest of the world. The disputes in the South China Sea with their territorial claims to the entire sea as a virtual Chinese lake are an example. Based on our own media reports one would presume the situation is being exacerbated by the United States and our naval presence in the South China Sea. But the Chinese have already lost their case in the World court and the fact is their neighbors aren't ready at all to give up their ocean exclusive economic zones to the dragon. Yes China continues to build a big navy and coast guard and keeps building outposts on what used to be reefs. But the other nations in the region aren't sitting still and aren't demoralized. The US Navy is quite welcome in the region. The constant numbers comparisons between the Chinese People's Army's Navy and the US Navy ignore that if push comes to shove the U.S. Navy will not be alone. The main stream media likes to reinforce a thought that President Trump has articulated once in a while about certain of our defense "partners" around the world as if he was making a universal observation, which he surely is not. Yes we have partners who don't pay their fair share for their own defense and don't contribute quality forces to the security arrangements. This isn't the case in the China Seas.
The link below is to a lively musical video showing some of the navies of the area who in fact are very much standing with the US on freedom of the seas. Indeed more properly we are standing with them. Morale suffering, this feature speaks volumes for the opposite view.