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China intensifies aggression against Philippines fishermen in retaliation for jailing of Chinese fishermen

Chinese coast guard ship with 3,000-ton displacement

Chinese coast guard ship with 3,000-ton displacement

The following includes translations from Chinese media:

I said in my post on August 16 that China exploited the Philippines’ error to expand the area of its patrol after the Philippines meted out severe punishment to Chinese fishermen for entry of the disputed waters claimed by the Philippines. It is something foreseeable by common sense, especially now when China has grasped the opportunity that the US is distracted by the problems in the Middle East and Ukraine.

China’s strategy is to ease tension with Japan as its relations with Japan involve a lot of interests, while taking the offensive in the South China Sea to exploit the energy, fishing, fish farming and tourism resources there.

As China has claimed the area within the nine-dash line for a long time, and has included its claim in an official map published in 1947, there is no retreat for China. If the Chinese government gives up the area, it will lose its legitimacy.

Philippine President Aquino perhaps lacks knowledge about Chinese history and politics; therefore, he erroneously believed that he could get concession from China when he adopted a hardline attitude towards China. He started the Scarborough standoff but lost his share of administration and fishing right there.

Now, he believes that punishing Chinese fishermen harshly will soften China, but China has exploited it as an excuse to intensify its patrol of the disputed waters. In the post on August 16, I mentioned Philippine major TV network’s report that the presence of Chinese patrol ships scared Philippine fishermen.

A report in huanqiu.com reads:

Philippines major newspaper Philippine Star’s website reported yesterday that on the evening of August 1, Chinese Coast Guard ship no. 3111 drove away a Philippine fishing boat in spite of bad weather.

The small wooden fishing boat driven by a single engine had some Philippine local officials and reporters on board at that time. It was trying to enter the lagoon of the Second Thomas Shoal to seek shelter from bad weather, but the said Chinese ship switched on a powerful floodlight and sounded alarm to drive the boat back into high sea.

People on the fishing boat were so scared that they put on life jackets and boarded life rafts. The Chinese ship chased the boat for half an hour until the boat reached the shallow water near a reef.

If there had not been tension caused by Philippine government’s harsh punishment of Chinese fishermen, China would have allowed the boat into the lagoon for humanitarian reason even if the shoal belongs to China free of any disputes. Now, China wants to be as harsh as the Philippines. Who will suffer? Chinese and Philippine fishermen will suffer. However, Chinese fishermen are equipped with Beidou global positioning devices and can use the devices to send message to coast guards when they are disturbed by the Philippines. It seems that Philippine fishermen will mainly be the victims of the tension between the two countries.

Source: huanqiu.com “Philippine said Chinese Coast Guard ship used powerful light and took strong actions to drive its boat away from Second Johnson Shoal” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


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


5 thoughts on “China intensifies aggression against Philippines fishermen in retaliation for jailing of Chinese fishermen

  1. So the morale of it?

    I (China) do wrong, you DO NOT take any action!
    if you do take action,
    I will rigorously fight you back, whenever I get a chance, even if you do nothing wrong.

    I can (because I am much bigger than you.
    You can’t, you’re too small

    Typically China.
    Screw yourself, China!

    Maybe China missed some history parts, too.
    David defeated Goliath!

    I can’t see, why history should not be repeated, if being asked, to return!

    There are times, when diplomacy is good.
    Then, there are times, when diplomacy is a wasted effort.
    Then there are times, when history needs to become present.
    Now, we shall live in the presence of history.

    Make no mistake. This will not be China’s last attempt, to claim the blue planet. Just go further back in history, and meet the “confused” idiot again, then you’ll know what China will claim next.


    Posted by Leslie | August 23, 2014, 10:11 pm
  2. Chinese rationale no longer works as global communities are well aware of their territorial expansionist aggressions. In fact, the more they tried to sugar-coat their criminal acts the more these acts migrate from mere hypocrisies to national policies of deceits to their own people and now clumsy attempts against the world.
    The Philippines made no errors in sending these Chinese fishermen to prison as they violated the Filipino territorial sovereignty and international natural resources protection laws. And if bending to China is the premise of less Chinese lawlessness, the Philippines can’t match years of Vietnamese appeasement to China and look at what happened: HD-981 oil rig parked 118 miles from Vietnamese shore without provocation, countless Vietnamese fishermen even lost their lives due to barbarian sinking and abandoning of boats… China does not need any reason to commit wrong doing – it’s part of their policy and long-term control of South China Sea. Solution? A mutual defense pack among victimized nations to gather sufficient strength for direct confrontation. A good start includes Australia, Japan, India, the Philippines and Vietnam with many more to joint after such defense coalition effectively, shows either a deescalation of Chinese misbehavior or real exposure of inflated Chinese military capability or both.


    Posted by tse yang | August 23, 2014, 11:19 pm
  3. China does not need any reason to commit wrong doing – it’s part of their policy and long-term control of South China Sea. Solution? A mutual defense pack among victimized nations to gather sufficient strength for direct confrontation. A good start includes Australia, Japan, India, the Philippines and Vietnam.


    Posted by pe | August 25, 2014, 11:08 am


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