Repost by Permission: China Issues Dire “Sarajevo Gunshot” World War III Warning To America

April 8, 2024

China Issues Dire “Sarajevo Gunshot” World War III Warning To America

By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers

A foreboding new Security Council (SC) report circulating in the Kremlin today first noting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived in China this morning for a two-day official visit, says the leftist New York Times then revealed: “Four days of top-level economic meetings between the United States and China concluded in Beijing on Monday with no major breakthroughs”, and was a revelation joined by Chinese Premier Li Qiang declaring: “It is hoped that the United States will abide by the basic norms of market economy including fair competition and open cooperation, refrain from turning economic and trade issues into political or security issues, and view the issue of production capacity objectively and dialectically from a market-oriented and global perspective”.

After severing all military relations with the United States two years ago, this report notes, Chinese defense officials met last week with their American counterparts n Hawaii to hold what was described as “direct and clear” military talks—and was a rare military meeting between these two nuclear weapons armed superpowers immediately followed by the grim news: “The United States and three of its allies have announced a joint military exercise in disputed waters of the South China Sea, potentially ratcheting up tensions with Beijing as they seek to demonstrate their commitment to “safeguarding the international order”…Japan, Australia, and the Philippines have joined with Washington for a joint military drill in waters claimed by Beijing”.

In quick response to socialist Western colonial aggression, this report continues, the Southern Theater Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army launched massive naval and air combat patrols in the South China Sea yesterday, and it was quickly observed: “Chinese experts said on Sunday that China’s combat patrol represents a tit-for-tat response to the US-Philippines-Japan-Australia’s joint drills, illustrating PLA’s firm resolve and strong capability in safeguarding China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests”—and was an observation of firm Chinese resolve followed by the warning: “The Philippines must understand that it is extremely dangerous to gamble its entire national fate on the balance of regional power games…China sees through the Philippines’ tricks and its attempts to rally external countries to hype up the South China Sea issue, and is fully prepared…The determination and will of the PLA should not be underestimated, and its responsible attitude to control the overall situation should not be distorted”.

Less than a fortnight ago on 29 March, this report details, the Chinese government published its final warning document “Manila Must Be Warned Against Horrors Of War”, wherein it gravely assessed:

In June 1914, the major European powers were forced into a war by the shooting down of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, in Sarajevo, which was part of the relatively small country of Serbia at the time.

The ensuing World War I was one of the darkest moments in history, leaving indelible scars that still haunt many countries across the world.

Exactly 110 years later, another relatively small country, the Philippines, has been making provocative moves and engaging in reckless brinkmanship, in an attempt to draw major powers into a conflict, which will have unprecedented consequences for the Asia-Pacific region.

Apart from selling misery to the international community and blackmailing Beijing, Manila has a lot more dirty tricks up its sleeves, such as claiming its “armed forces are under attack” to test the commitment of Washington to intervene on its behalf in any military conflict.

The 1951 US-Philippine security treaty, a remnant of the Cold War era, provides the Philippines with the US’ security umbrella and says that “joint action should be taken against armed attacks”.  But the Philippines’ provocative actions targeting China has prompted the US to gradually extend its interpretation from the geographical scope to cover the disputes over the islands and waters in the South China Sea, and the Philippines’ official vessels.

As a matter of fact, the US has repeatedly confirmed that it is committed to helping the Philippines in case of a conflict.

Philippine politicians’ flirtation with the US in the hope of gaining the upper hand in the maritime dispute with China is extremely dangerous.  The lessons of World War I should be heeded, especially by small states, because triggering a conflict will serve no country’s interest.

As for the US, it will commit a grave mistake if it intervenes in any confrontation between Beijing and Manila.

The US has no incentive in backing the Philippines’ in the latter’s illegal, aggressive territorial ambitions.  Also, falling into the trap of a regional conflict laid by Manila would be detrimental to the US’ national strategy.

US decision-makers should realize that before Gavrilo Princip fired that fateful shot in Sarajevo, no one had imagined that Europe would be caught in a bloody World War I.  They should also realize that the US’ military intervention on behalf of the Philippines would also be disastrous for neighboring countries.

Only a handful of leaders in the Philippines, ignoring the increasing challenges, such as rising prices, at home, are stirring up the extreme sentiments of the people by feeding them anti-China rhetoric.  What they don’t realize is that once the “Sarajevo gunshot” is fired in Asia, the innocent people in East and Southeast Asian countries will become the biggest victims of war.

The “Sarajevo gunshot” should not be heard in the 21st century — in Asia or elsewhere.

In the just released Fox News article “World War III Could Start Over Philippines Dispute In South China Sea”, this report concludes, world-renowned China expert Gordon Chang most direly assessed: “It was twice last month, on the 5th and the 29th, that the State Department issued written warnings to China that we were prepared to use force to discharge our obligations pursuant to article four of the U.S. Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty…That’s a warning that we are prepared to go to war”—a dire assessment followed by former Pentagon senior advisor and decorated combat tactical legend retired Unites States Army Colonel Douglas Macgregor, Ph.D. most factually observing: “We need to stop marching into other peoples countries and trying to force people to become like us” and posting the truthful message to the American peoples: “We have lost $14 TRILLION over the last 20 year on dumb interventions in other countries…What good has it done?”.

[Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

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