Former United States Pacific Command (PACOM) commander and Director of National Intelligence retired Admiral Dennis Blair believes China is at a disadvantage in case a military confrontation rises in Spratly (Kalayaan) Group of Islands in West Philippine Sea.
“The Spratlys are 900 miles away from China, for God’s sake. Those things have no ability to defend themselves in any sort of military sense,” Blair said as quoted by The Wall Street Journal.
“If the Chinese were ever so foolish as to try to take any sort of actual military action from those islands, they’re completely indefensible militarily,” the retired admiral said. “Heck, the Philippines and the Vietnamese could put them out of action, much less us.”
Hainan, the southernmost province of the People’s Republic of China located in South China Sea, is a thousand kilometers far from Pagasa Island.
Retired Admiral Blair is currently connected with think tank National Bureau of Asian Research and non-profit organization National Committee on United States–China Relations.
Blair also mentioned actions that may solve the South China Sea problem. “The only thing I can think of there is you divide them up. Okay, Philippines you get 20, Malaysia gets 15, China gets 10,” he said adding that the deal may include several rules including ban on military forces.