US increasing military operations near China to provoke war?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The following is a transcript of an interview at PressTV which can be viewed here.

The United States is increasing its military operations in the Asia-Pacific region to contain China’s economic rise and provoke a war to bolster the “Pentagon war machine,” an anti-war activist and journalist in Maine says.

“In Australia and Guam, the Philippines, Okinawa, Japan, South Korea, the United States is expanding military operations in all those places aimed at China,” said Bruce Gagnon, the coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.

“The US is flying planes, doing so-called surveillance flights, trying to provoke an incident, similar to the one that George W. Bush provoked soon after becoming president,” Gagnon told Press TV on Wednesday.

“This whole military operation to control China will be extremely expensive and at the same time, here in the United States, our own nation crumbles as human needs and the physical infrastructure of our country collapse due to social disinvestment in order to pump up the Pentagon war machine,” he added.

The United States has accused China once again of stoking tensions in the Asia-Pacific region with the construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea, while defending US surveillance flights over the region.

In the past month, the US has stepped up surveillance flights over the Chinese construction projects. The Chinese navy issued warnings last week to a US surveillance plane flying over the disputed islands.

US State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters in Washington on Tuesday that China’s land reclamation efforts in the South China Sea have “contributed to rising tensions” and that the US is “carefully” monitoring China’s military developments in the area.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Tuesday that President Barack Obama considered the South China Sea security situation "critically important" to US national security and the global economy.

Meanwhile, Beijing accuses Washington of meddling in the regional issues and deliberately stirring up tensions in the South China Sea.

Observers believe the Obama administration’s policy of rebalancing it military resources to the Pacific and increasing its presence in the region is aimed at containing China.

Bruce Gagnon serves as Secretary of Space at the Green Shadow Cabinet