For this post’s topic, we leave for now the on-going war in Ukraine and the imminent possibility of one in the Mideast and revisit the Indo-Pacific region to update readers on serious events taking place in that part of the world.
Everyone is familiar with China’s rapid militarism and its increasingly warlike stance on territorial and security issues. We are also all familiar with the rapid expansion of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program…even though that nation scarcely has any electrical-production capacity and struggles to feed its people. South Korea had an election recently and it ousted the government that favored accommodation with North Korea. The new government is much more realistic about South Korea’s dangerous security situation as South Korea is greatly threatened by both North Korea and China. Around 70% of South Koreans now favor their nation building nuclear weapons to deter North Korea and China (first link). South Korea and Japan are both openly being seen as likely to build nuclear weapons of their own in a matter of time (second link). It is acknowledged that Japan could become a nuclear power “quickly.” Both Japan and South Korea have need of a nuclear arsenal to defend themselves as it is no longer clear how reliable the “nuclear umbrella” long provided by the USA now is.
South Korea is eager to become more assertive on the world stage. South Korea sent a representative to attend a NATO summit meeting in Europe and it is now a major weapons exporter (third link). It is also willing to join the de facto “Quad” alliance of Japan, India, Australia and the USA, making it a “Quint” alliance against China. This would strengthen the free nations’ alliance against China’s militarism, but the third link reports that President Biden is (inexplicably in my view) “lukewarm” to South Korea’s desire to join the alliance. Biden seems to have a gift for always making the wrong decision in matters of national importance. Why would he not be in favor of making the anti-China alliance even stronger? Doing so would boost deterrence. The Chairman of the USA’s Joint Chiefs of Staff has also warned that China is becoming “significantly more aggressive and dangerous (fourth link),” so why is Biden reluctant to expand the Quad into a Quint by adding South Korea?
Taiwan is also heavily threatened by China’s military, which may launch a war of aggression against Taiwan just as Russia launched a war of aggression vs Ukraine. This threat has existed for many years, but a new wrinkle has developed. US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has tentative plans to visit Taiwan–which would outrage China even as it would encourage the Taiwanese to host such a high-ranking US official (fifth link). Washington officialdom is troubled by this impending visit, so it is not clear if it will actually happen. However, the US military is making special plans to add protection to the Speaker if she does make this visit.
There are other developments in the Indo-Pacific region worthy of our attention. Australia has just purchased 80 long-range cruise missiles from the USA which can be fired at Chinese targets from Australian warplanes (sixth link). However, Australia would likely need in-flight refueling for its warplanes in such a mission, and the sixth link discusses the obstacles in obtaining Indonesian permission to use their airspace for such missions. However, in looking at a globe, Australia could also fly its warplanes toward China over New Guinea and the Philippines. As a graphic piece of evidence that China is preparing to win a future war against the USA, the FBI has discovered that China has been placing technology into US cell-phone towers which could be used to disrupt the functioning of the US nuclear arsenal (seventh link). That link details previous discoveries that Chinese technology can disrupt US communications systems, and that Congress even passed a law and funded an effort to remove Huawei technology that could assist a Chinese war effort vs. America. In hopes of deterring Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific region, many current and potential allies in an anti-Chinese alliance held an “enormous” naval exercise in the Pacific called RIMPAC (eighth link). It united forces from 26 nations and included 42 warships, 170 warplanes, etc. as they practiced coordinating with each other in a wartime exercise which is clearly aimed at China even though that reality is left unstated.
It is obvious to any honest observer that it is only a matter of time until a regional or world war erupts in the Indo-Pacific region. China is determined to dominate all other nations in the region, and the other nations in the region are determined not to allow China to accomplish that goal. The lesson of history is that sooner or later, Chinese aggressive desires and preparations will lead to open military confrontation.
Biblical prophecy speaks directly to such a future world war. The Bible, in many prophecies, speaks of a great world war/global crisis at the end of this age just before divine intervention occurs to prevent mankind from destroying all life on earth (Matthew 24:22). That time is also prophesied to come sooner than biblical believers expect (Matthew 25:1-13). In many prophecies, this climactic time at the end of this age is called “the latter days.” For abundant evidence that we are living in this prophetic time, please read–if you have not already done so–my article entitled: Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days? The many biblical prophecies about the great World War III that will conclude mankind’s allotted time for self-government on this planet are examined in my article/research report, What Ezekiel 38-39 Reveal about a Future World War III. That article will examine what biblical prophecies reveal about how that war will start, where it will be fought, the alliances that will oppose each other and how it will end. The prophecies reveal the death toll from this apocalyptic age-ending war will be staggering and unprecedented. Hint: the prophecies reveal the war will begin with a surprise “Pearl Harbor-like” attack by Russia, China, Iran and their allies.
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