Chinese Navy Expanding Pacific Presence?
Jennifer Griffin reports from Pentagon
- Duration 3:47
- Date Jan 10, 2012
Jennifer Griffin reports from Pentagon
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-- a little bit about this China is calling president Obama's plan to expand.
The US military presence in Asia.
As in this calculation but it comes as the Philippines is accusing Chinese ships I've been -- it's in their -- this happened in a disputed area.
It's near a key trade -- where ships carry more than five billion dollars of goods every year Jennifer Griffin is on the story she's live at the Pentagon with more so.
I Jennifer we can't forget that we do have a war going on Afghanistan so what we asked these questions we want to remember that.
We are drying things down in the mideast but what about Asia what's happening there.
Well today -- the Philippine Foreign Ministry protests did.
And intrusion into their waters.
On December 11 and twelfth by Chinese warships they said that.
It ministry says that those warships came close to that this cut -- F Scott.
-- that is an area there to disputed islands.
And changed in the South China -- China of course.
Claims all of the South China Sea saying that historically it was there's.
But that is in dispute with Japan as well as with the Philippines.
So this is significant because what we're seeing is -- is seeing increasing tensions in that south South China Sea area.
And -- -- the reason the US should care about that is that there are two an estimated 213.
Of untapped oil reserves in those under those -- and so that's why.
This is a high stakes game and that's why.
The US navy as we've reported in recent days is starting to project a stronger presence in the South China Sea.
Because of these disputes and because the importance in terms of oil reserves and China trying to sort of gobble up these areas -- in choosing -- to note that -- you walk through the halls of pentagon every day is there are concerned though that we're shifting too quickly away from the middle East Asia.
Well it's just an official our producer here at the Pentagon asked that.
New chief of naval operations admiral Jonathan -- just that this morning and he his response was the Strait of Hormuz off of Iran.
Keeps him up at night so on the one hand there's a lot of focused you -- you heard last week President Obama come over and talk about the new strategy in how to strategy is gonna shift.
From the Middle East to Asia the focus is going to be on Asia and the navy and air force out an Asia.
But nobody here in the Pentagon is forgetting that the Strait of Hormuz is very tense right now.
And speaking in the Strait of Hormuz -- that area here we have this news that I'm crossing -- is that we began our conversation Jennifer about the US navy.
Rescuing more -- -- sailors do you have any more details about why they needed to be rescued.
Well this is the second time in days that the US navy has come to the rescue of Iranian.
Fishermen this in this particular case in the last few hours.
These Iranian there were six Iranians onboard a Dow up about fifty miles off the coast of Iraq and -- USS my animal I would to the Coast Guard cutter.
Came to it -- answered their distress call came to their rescue.
What those Iranians are now on board the USS bottom like.
And -- one -- them is being treated for severe burns they had engine trouble with their Dow and they put out a distress call and it was the US navy that came to their rescue remember just a few days ago the USS Stennis.
About fifteen other Iranians who had been held by pirates for months so.
It's it's really it's interesting with all the tensions and end the war of words in the Persian gulf in the Strait of Hormuz right now US navy -- carried out two separate.
Humanitarian operations -- -- rescue these a rainy and it a fisherman while putt and they have an American Iran.
As an American that they had just sentenced to death so we're going to be talking about what's going on in Iran and all of this coming up with ambassador Bolton Jennifer thank you so much for that.