A warning came this week from Pacific Fleet commander Admiral Scott Swift about construction and militarization in the South China Sea. The South China Morning Post reports Admiral Swift says “there is a palpable sense that an arc of ‘might makes right’ is returning to the region after more than 70 years of security and stability.” Admiral Swift didn’t name China specifically, but many analysts say he didn’t have to. Captain Jerry Hendrix (USN ret.) is former Director of Naval History, and former member of the Executive Panel of the Chief of Naval Operations. He’s now at the Center for a New American Security. He explained the significance of Admiral Swift’s comments.
Photo: SHANGHAI (Nov. 17, 2015) Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, greets Vice Adm. Su Zhiqian, the East Sea Fleet Commander of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (Navy), after touring the PLA Navy Jiangkai II class guided-missile frigate Xuzhou (FFG 530), during a scheduled port visit of the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63). Stethem is in Shanghai to build relationships with the PLA Navy and demonstrate the U.S. Navy’s commitment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin V. Cunningham/Released) 151117-N-UF697-206