Ever since President Trump introduced tariffs on Chinese products, the Chinese have greatly increased their naval presence in the South China Sea. Countries from Vietnam, to the Philippines, to Taiwan and Australia are fearful of China’s next move. China is in a similar position as to what Japan was in during 1929. They need natural resources to cover their expanding industrial base and the US is blocking them at every turn just like the US did in the 1930’s. The Chinese have stationed their one aircaraft carrier in the South China Sea. They have also stationed their aircraft carrier killers at either end of the South China Sea as the United States sends and unprecedented 3 carrier task force into the region. Additionally, and more seriously, the Chinese fired upon the US Navy 3 days ago. could this be the start of a serious conflict between the 2 nations?