ChiCom Salami-Slicing in the South China Sea
America's strategy in the South China Sea is in danger of being thwarted by Communist China, a study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies warns.
According to a report by Robert Haddock at SmallWarsJournal.com, the ChiComs are using a series of very small actions - a technique known as "salami slicing" - to change the strategic situation in the South China Sea. These actions in and of themselves are not acts of war, but the combined effect could still be substantial.
The CSIS report called for the basing of additional attack submarines in Guam, further deployment of Marine Corps units in the area, and consideration of forward-deploying a carrier strike group in Western Australia. The report also featured the notorious "nine-dash" line outlining ChiCom claims in the South China Sea.
The disputes over oil leases, fishing rights, and territory have heated up. The ChiComs have been instigating this, both through government actions and commercial activities.