Armored helicopters convoy cargo helicopters during the annual joint military exercise Foal Eagle between South Korea and the United States in Pocheon, northeast of Seoul, March 25, 2015. (Xinhua/Seongbin Kang)
Armored helicopters convoy cargo helicopters during the annual joint military exercise Foal Eagle between South Korea and the United States in Pocheon, northeast of Seoul, March 25, 2015. (Xinhua/Seongbin Kang)

The United States is pushing for a military confrontation with China, as Washington continues with its joint army drills with countries around China, says an American activist and journalist.

Mike Billington warns that “the American population is sleepwalking into World War III.”
Mike Billington warns that “the American population is sleepwalking into World War III.”

“Now we have Obama pushing for a very near term military confrontation with China,” Mike Billington, the Asia editor for the Executive Intelligence Review, told Press TV on Saturday.

“The American population is sleepwalking into World War III. It’s a moment of great danger,” he added.

The US will launch an eleven-day joint military drill, called Balikatan, with the Philippines near South China Sea on Monday.

Thousands of US and Philippine soldiers are set to take part in the exercises with at least 55 American aircraft, according to Balikatan spokesman Captain Celeste Frank Sayson. Philippines will also deploy fighter jets it has recently acquired.

Billington further said the joint military drill goes on every year, but the difference this year is that the government in the Philippines has got an approval to “ignore the constitutional restraint on foreign bases on its soil.”

The Philippines is holding the drill as it is preparing to host US troops in at least five military bases, including one facing disputed islands in the South China Sea, under an agreement with Washington.

The 10-year military pact was signed by the US and the Philippine government in Manila in 2014, but was approved by the Philippine Supreme Court in January this year.

According to Billington, “one of these bases is right in the middle of the South China Sea.”

The US has long been trying to increase its influence in the Asia-Pacific region to step up surveillance over China. Its military warships have sailed within some nautical miles off China’s artificial islands several times. Advanced US spy planes have also been deployed to airbases in the neighboring countries.

China, which claims sovereignty over nearly all of the South China Sea, has been building artificial islands in disputed parts of the sea.

The US accuses Beijing of carrying out what it calls a land reclamation program in the South China Sea by building the islands in the disputed areas. Beijing, however, accuses Washington of meddling in the regional issues and deliberately stoking tensions in the South China Sea.

Source: Presstv.com

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