China Pings Obama in Alaska

China Pings Obama in Alaska

China Pings Obama in Alaska

The Pentagon has acknowledged that five Chinese Naval ships are sailing in the Bering Sea off of Alaska at the same time President Barack Obama is visiting the state, according to Reuters reports:

Two U.S. defense officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States had identified a Chinese amphibious ship, a replenishment vessel and three surface combatant ships.

None of the ships had been seen acting in an unprofessional or unlawful manner, the officials said, adding that the United States had become aware of their presence in recent days.

The Associated Press reports that the ships had been participating with Russia in naval exercises. Additionally, in 2013, the Arctic Council added China as a Permanent Observer.

On Thursday, China is holding a huge military parade in Tiananmen Square, the site of a student led protest in 1989. This military parade along with the Chinese Navy’s movement into the Bering Sea demonstrates China’s commitment to growing its military might. From the Reuters article:

Dean Cheng, a China expert at the Heritage Foundation think-tank in Washington, D.C., said the presence of the ships in the Bering Sea was designed to send a message to Washington about China’s growing military might.

“It is living up to what the Chinese have been saying, ‘We are now a blue water navy. We will operate in the far seas and we are a global presence’,” Cheng said.

So, while Obama is in Alaska to hang out with Bear Grylls and jawbone about climate change, the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army Navy is participating in naval exercises with Russia and showing off its Blue Water Navy.

I feel safer knowing that Bear Grylls is teaching Obama survival skills while he is being pinged by the Chinese Navy. Don’t you? I feel safer knowing that our military is being drawn down while the Chinese build their military up. Don’t you feel safer?

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  • Appalled By The World says:

    Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Did we expect anything less from the Nero of the 21st Century?

    More importantly I heard that Supreme Warlord Obama climbed a glacier all by himself. This majestic feat will be yet another colossal achievement to be acclaimed in the history books by the supreme being whose life has been filled with nothing but glowing successes and historic triumphs in every single endeavor he has undertaken throughout his most brilliant and illustrious life. I cannot possibly express by mere words how fortunate I feel living in this glorious era where we have such a wise, benevolent and fearless leader who has made all our lives so much better by his selfless sacrifices to improve all of humanity. We are truly living in an age of great peace and prosperity and safety thanks to this most humble genius leader of all mankind.

    • Toni Williams says:

      Appalled- Your dripping sarcasm oozed right out of my laptop. Excuse me, but once I stop giggling, I need to clean my screen.

  • Appalled By The World says:

    Sarcasm? I wrote that from the spleen, er, heart in an effort to get hired by the NY Times. I’m hoping to get a call from them soon as there is no nobler profession than journalism in this day and age.

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