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No end of South China Sea troubles for China


Zhang Zhijun

Soon after both the Philippines and China withdrew their boats from the disputed Scarborough Shoal and its surrounding sea area on the excuse of poor weather, Philippine president Benigno Aquino III said on June 20 he would send ships back to the shoal after the weather cleared if the Chinese ships have not left the area by then. We are not to see an end of the conflicts in that area.

On the other hand, Vietnam adopted a new law that designated Spratly and Paracel islands as Vietnamese territory. Associated Press reported from Beijing on June 21, that China summoned Vietnam’s ambassador on June 21 to protest against the new law.

The report says, “Beijing’s Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun told ambassador Nguyen Van Tho China had sole jurisdiction over the Spratly and Paracel islands, and Vietnam’s inclusion of them under its maritime law was illegal and invalid, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters at a briefing.”

According to the report, last year Beijing had undertaken a series of exchanges seeking to cool anti-Chinese sentiment in Vietnam over the maritime territorial disputes and said repeatedly that commercial navigation in the South China Sea would not be affected by its maritime territorial claims.

However, emboldened by US return to Asia, like the Philippines, Vietnam has also taken active moves in the area.

SCMP’s Teddy Ng reported on June 22: In response, China has announced its plan to establish “a new prefecture-level city named Sansha to manage the Spratly, Paracel and Macclesfield Bank island chains and their surrounding waters. Its local government will be based on Woody Island, also known as Yongxing Island, which is part of the Paracels.”

On June 23, Teddy Ng reported again the diplomatic exchange of protests between the two countries, each of which claims sovereignty and refute the other’s claim over Spratly and Paracel island chains.

It remains to be seen whether the war of words will lead to actual war. In my May 19 post ”Foreign gun boats’ manoeuvre blocked by Chinese ship” I said, “According to Global Times, on May 18, China Fishery Administration 310 successfully frightened away three foreign gun boats and made them cease their chasing of Chinese fishing boats. It has thus protected five Chinese fishing boats.”

The three gun boats mentioned in the official report were in fact Vietnamese ones. In order to avoid tension between the two countries, the official newspaper refrained from mentioning the nationality of the gun boats. Now the two countries have both made public their disputes.

China now uses an administrative ship to counter Vietnamese gun boats with clear intention to avoid confrontation between the two navies. However, Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV said in its report that two Vietnamese advanced fighter aircrafts have recently been seen patrolling the disputed sea area. Philippine President Aquino has also said that he would send aircraft to Scarborough Shoal.

The complicity of the issues will test the ability and wisdom of China’s new generation of leaders in protecting China’s sovereignty while maintaining peace in the disputed areas.

About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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