CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 2016

Tensions come to a head as Chinese merchant ships ignore U.S. blockade, board U.S. naval vessels

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Previously building tensions between the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China have escalated to an all-time high. The Chinese state has officially taken action with attempts made against electronics and communications of U.S. naval vessels. Stemming from the conflict, the Chinese have cut off formal diplomatic relations with the U.S.

“The United States of America is absolutely appalled at the tensions that have only escalated throughout the course of the committee," said the representative of the U.S. in the Security Council (UNSC) in response to these recent updates. "Swift and comprehensive action must be ensured to prevent further escalation of the conflict."

The Asian superpower is now attempting to assert dominance by driving merchant ships past the blockade in the Strait of Malacca. The U.S. initially ordered this blockade on the Strait of Malacca, a narrow passageway between the Malay Peninsula and an Indonesian island. The Strait of Malacca not only provides the People’s Republic of China with easy access to the Indian Ocean, but it also acts as a common trade route taken by various nations who take on maritime trading endeavors. One such state is Malaysia, whose representative in the Security Council was “deeply saddened and disturbed that international conflicts were reaching such a height,” according to a note obtained by the Chronicle.

The representative of the U.K. in the UNSC supported their American allies, saying, “The United Kingdom would like to verbally condemn the actions of the People’s Republic of China for inciting unnecessary violence and action against the claims for lands that are not their own.”

The representative of the People’s Republic of China in the UNSC insisted that “the claims should have been maintained under China’s ownership if conflict wanted to be avoided at all.”

Although no further action has been taken at the time of writing, considering the deep tension and lack of communication in order to get nations talking about a peaceful resolution rather than continued tensions, many delegates are especially concerned that these extremely high tensions may continue to ‘boil over’ into potential warfare.