(Vietnam’s missile defense system bought from Israel. Now in position South China Sea. Image from DefenseDaily.com)
Despite the fact that the new cold-war is more akin to Jean Baudrillard concept of the hyper-real, a televised and almost simulated detachment from reality of one of the most alarming geopolitical events (South China Sea tensions) since the missile Cuban Crisis in 1962. It is ‘new media’ interconnection and detachment of the real that becomes the norm, until the harshness of reality hits. In the meantime the hyper-reality of the cold war maintains it’s proliferation.
“Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China’s runways and military installations across the vital trade route, according to Western officials.
Diplomats and military officers told Reuters that intelligence shows Hanoi has shipped the launchers from the Vietnamese mainland into position on five bases in the Spratly islands in recent months, a move likely to raise tensions with Beijing.”
Next step would be Chinese blockade of merchant ships going into Vietnam and Philippines.