Future South China Sea War?
- 27 July, 2010
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Is the political aggression between the US and China going to become more overt? Over the South China Sea Islands?
Andrew Jacobs, China Warns U.S. to Stay Out of Islands Dispute
The Chinese government reacted angrily on Monday to an announcement by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that Washington might step into a long-simmering territorial dispute between China and its smaller neighbors in the South China Sea.
Speaking Friday during a forum of Southeast Asian countries in Vietnam, Mrs. Clinton apparently surprised Beijing by saying the United States had a “national interest” in seeking to mediate the dispute, which involves roughly 200 islands, islets and coral outcroppings that are claimed by China, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi of China warned the United States against wading into the conflict, saying it would increase regional tensions.
“What will be the consequences if this issue is turned into an international or multilateral one?” he asked in remarks published on the Foreign Ministry’s Web site. “It will only make matters worse and the resolution more difficult.”
The state-run news media were far less diplomatic, describing Mrs. Clinton’s speech as “an attack” and a cynical effort to suppress China’s aspirations — and its expanding might.
“America hopes to contain a China with growing military capabilities,” ran an editorial Monday in the Communist Party-run People’s Daily newspaper.
Global Times, an English-language tabloid published by People’s Daily, said, “China will never waive its right to protect its core interest with military means.”
China is planning to build aircraft carriers as part of a ‘far sea’ defense strategy.
The area has large reserves of oil (estimated to be over 17.7 billion tons in just the Spratlys alone). Get ready for the South China Sea War.
- U.S. concerned over impact of South China Sea disputes (reuters.com)
- You: Beijing projects power in South China Sea (search.japantimes.co.jp)
- China plays chicken (theage.com.au)
- America’s China policy flop (search.japantimes.co.jp)
- China Expands Naval Power to Waters U.S. Dominates (nytimes.com)
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