RED DRAGON – RED CHINA – JACKAL
I describe Red China as the Evil One as there are two aspects of evildoer; a physical, and a spiritual aspect. Evil means wicked, cunning, deceitful, crafty, and it often involves deliberately misleading people using clever lies. To resist Red China’s aggression in South China Sea or West Philippine Sea, nations have to recognize cunning tricks used by Red China to give legitimacy to her own actions. Red China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi claimed on Wednesday that Red China has stopped land reclamation activity and added that the dispute will be resolved through dialogue. This is an example of a thoroughly misleading statement; on one hand Red China keeps her illegal constructions intact giving her military advantage while on the other hand she would not let her regional neighbors use any intervention other than that of dialogue. In other words, Red China – Jackal expects her neighbors to live peacefully tolerating her aggression that disregards their claims.
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South China Sea dispute: John Kerry says US will not accept restrictions on movements in the sea
Updated August 07, 2015 08:09:26
Photo: US Secretary of State John Kerry says he is concerned about China’s movements in the South China Sea.(REUTERS: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL)
US secretary of state John Kerry has accused China of not allowing freedom of navigation and overflight in the disputed South China Sea, despite giving assurances that such freedoms would not be impeded.
Addressing a regional meeting in Kuala Lumpur that has been dominated by the South China Sea issue, Mr Kerry said China’s construction of facilities for “military purposes” on man-made islands was raising tensions and risked “militarisation” by other claimant states.
“Freedom of navigation and overflight are among the essential pillars of international maritime law,” Mr Kerry told the East Asia Summit attended by foreign ministers from South-East Asia, China, Japan and other nations, including Australia.
“Despite assurances that these freedoms would be respected, we have seen warnings issued and restrictions attempted in recent months.
“Let me be clear: The United States will not accept restrictions on freedom of navigation and overflight, or other lawful uses of the sea.”
A MARITIME POWER PLAY
China has warned Philippine military aircraft away from the artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, Philippine military officials said.
The Chinese navy also issued eight warnings to the crew of a US P8-A Poseidon surveillance aircraft when it conducted overflights in the area in May, according to CNN, which had a reporter on board the US aircraft.
China claims most of the South China Sea, through which $US5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also have overlapping claims.
The ASEAN group of South-East Asian nations said some members had “serious concerns” about land reclamation in the South China Sea, according to a draft of the final communique seen by Reuters.
The final communique will be issued at the end of their separate talks in Kuala Lumpur this week.
Member states had wrangled hard before finally agreeing on the wording of the communique.
The communique is expected to say that South China Sea matters were extensively discussed.
It will also say that China and ASEAN countries would proceed to the “next stage” of consultations on a code of conduct that is intended to bind them to detailed rules of behaviour at sea.
Photo: A satellite image of a Chinese air base on an island in Fiery Cross Reef, in the South China Sea in June(Centre for Strategic and International Studies)
On Wednesday, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said Beijing had halted land reclamation in the South China Sea and that ASEAN and China shared a desire to resolve the thorny issue through dialogue.
Earlier in June, China said it would soon complete some of its reclamation in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, while adding it would continue to build facilities on the man-made islands.
Mr Kerry said he hoped China had stopped island building, but that what was needed was an end to “militarisation”.
He added that Wang’s commitment to resolving the South China Sea issue had not been as “fulsome” as some had hoped.
“In my meeting with … Wang Yi, he indicated I think a different readiness of China to try to resolve some of this, though I think it was still not as fulsome as many of us would like to see,”
Mr Kerry told reporters.
“But it’s a beginning, and it may open up some opportunity for conversation on this in months ahead. We’ll have to wait and see.”
Vietnam, China, Malaysia have eyes on the prize
Explore the conflicting territorial claims in the South China Sea
cell-slides Rich in resources and traversed by a quarter of global shipping, the South China Sea is the stage for several territorial disputes that threaten to escalate tensions in the region.At the heart of these disputes are a series of barren islands in two groups – the Spratly Islands, off the coast of the Philippines, and the Paracel Islands, off the coasts of Vietnam and China. Both chains are essentially uninhabitable, but are claimed by no fewer than seven countries, eager to gain control of the vast oil and gas fields below them, as well as some of the region’s best fishing grounds.Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei have made claims to part of the Spratlys based on the internationally recognised Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which extends 200 hundred nautical miles from a country’s coastline. Based on the EEZ, the Philippines has the strongest claim on the Spratlys and their resources, with its EEZ covering much of the area. However the lure of resources, and prospect of exerting greater control over shipping in the region, means that greater powers are contesting the Philippines’ claims. China has made extensive sovereignty claims on both the Spratlys and the Paracels to the north, based largely on historic claims outlined in a map from the middle part of the 20th Century known as the ‘Nine Dash Map’.Taiwan also makes claims based on the same map, as it was created by the nationalist Kuomintang government, which fled to Taiwan after the communists seized power in China. Vietnam also claims the Spratlys and the Paracels as sovereign territory, extending Vietnam’s EEZ across much of the region and bringing it into direct conflict with China.There have been deadly protests in Vietnam over China’s decision to build an oil rig off the Paracels.One Chinese worker in Vietnam was killed and a dozen injured in riots targeting Chinese and Taiwanese owned factories, prompting 3,000 Chinese nationals to flee the country. EEZ can only be imposed based on boundaries of inhabitable land, and this has prompted all the countries making claims on the region to station personnel, and in some cases build military bases out of the water, to bolster their claim.Building and protecting these structures has resulted in a series of stand-offs between countries in the region, each with the potential to escalate.China has been leading the charge with these installations, and has deployed vessels to the region to protect their interests. Chinese coast guard vessels have used a water cannon on Vietnamese vessels, as well as blockading an island where the Philippines has deployed military personnel.
First posted August 06, 2015 21:54:05
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