And this only happens after the Philippines refused to be dragged in to be the pawn in the American/western power game to control the SCS. According to an Agencies report, ‘In February, Washington took the unusual step of publicly asking Australia to undertake “freedom of navigation” operations by sailing naval patrols within 12 nautical miles of Beijing controlled territory.’
When the Empire was riding high, with the Aquino govt willingly playing the sacrificial pawn, they totally ignored the sensitivity of the Indonesians as the big brother of the region. Indonesia was transparent, ignored, Indonesian interests were not in their cards. The Empire just muscled in as if they owned the SCS. Now that the Philippines have abandoned that role, the Little White Sheriff thinks the Indonesians, with a little flattery, would be silly enough to be roped in to play the role that the Pinoys had rejected.
Would Indonesia be dragged by the nose by the Little White Sheriff to do its donkey work for the Empire, to confront China like Aquino used to do? Or would the Indonesians show the middle finger to the Little White Sheriff who really believes it is a super power in the region and want to rule the waves in the SCS. What about the rest of the Asean states, do they have a say whether they accept the Little White Sheriff as the law enforcer in their backwaters? Who is Australia by the way?
The SCS belongs to this little western outpost, to the Empire?