France Joins US in Helping China Militarize Its Artificial IslandsPosted: June 17, 2016 | |
The US is stupid in sending navy into the South China Sea to give China the excuse to militarize its artificial islands there while France is shrewd in joining the US naval patrol to give China better excuse.
Bloomberg says in its report “France to Push for Coordinated EU Patrols in South China Sea” on June 5, “France will urge European Union nations to coordinate navy patrols to ensure a ‘regular and visible’ presence in the disputed South China Sea,” and “The French government views the protection of freedom of the seas as critical from an economic standpoint and is concerned that a loss of such rights in the South China Sea may lead to similar problems in the Arctic Ocean or Mediterranean Sea, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told attendees at a global defense forum, including top Chinese officials.”
France has been the nation that has given China the greatest aids in China’s rise as it wants China to be US rival in the world and thus make the world a multipolar one instead of being dominated by US hegemony. (See my posts “France Provides China with Nearly All Military Technology China Lacks”, “France Makes China’s WZ-10 Attack Helicopter Rival to Apache” and “France Secretly Provides China with Top Radar, Air-to-air Missile” respectively on May 31 and February 20, 2016 and on February 20, 2015.)
Why shall France care about freedom of navigation in the South China Sea since the sea is not indispensable trade route for French foreign trade. Moreover, no freedom of navigation for commercial shipping has ever been affected by China’s construction of artificial islands.
I cannot but believe that France’s true motive is to give China better excuse to militarize its artificial islands and thus weaken US world hegemony.
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Bloomberg’s report, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-05/france-to-push-for-coordinated-eu-patrols-in-south-china-sea