France Joins US in Helping China Militarize Its Artificial Islands


French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks during a plenary session at the 15th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 5, 2016. / AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks during a plenary session at the 15th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 5, 2016. / AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit should read ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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

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4 Comments on “France Joins US in Helping China Militarize Its Artificial Islands”

  1. Sentinel says:

    That guy – DM Jean-Yves Le Drian – is nothing but a paid mouthpiece of Imperial Washington. Lest anyone forgets, this so-called Western democracy does nothing but produces ambitious, pragmatic, principle-less politicians who will say or do anything any powerful person, icon, institution or country tells it to, or if the bribe is attractive enough. He is just being a typical low life politician.

    Beijing should make sure such disgusting back-stabbing politicians – not dissimilar to Steven Speilberg or Elizabeth Windsor – are NOT welcome in China or any major meets or events involving China and France.

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  2. Steve says:

    Its a tough ask why? According to the Shangri-la dialogue and contents of DM Jean-Yves Le Drian speech, it sounds a bit heavy handed when he is requesting the EU to join co-ordinated patrols in unison of the SCS. He even compared the SCS to the Mediterranean or Arctic sea. He is implying that should China have maritime supremacy over the SCS, freedom of navigation could be impeded. Is he referring to both military and commercial. Commercial Liners has freedom of navigation as most of the trade routes end up in China from the SCS. Most of US trade route to Sth Korea, Japan including China are from the Pacific Ocean. So where is the problem of FON besides military vessels.

    Maybe the Jackal and the Weasel are planning something up their long sleeves. After all, french fries and burgers do get along. Just recently, the french warship docked at the PH port for a naval conference.

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  3. Joseph says:

    France? EU? You must be joking. The EU does not even have enough boats to safeguard EU coast from swarming illegal immigrants. Why would they send boats to other region? Not that EU coffer is financialy safe without Chinese money. France, moreover, are still reeling from the canceled Mistral contract to Russia, might hope that China would buy those Mistrals. Furthermore they are still paranoid from terrorist attacks that they are ‘not afraid’ of. Why would France want to stir trouble elsewhere? In my understanding, any EU/NATO military campaign must have approval from the economically strongest EU member Germany, and Germany, due to its Chinese connection, is the most reluctant EU member to criticize China. Thus, EU patrol is nothing more than American vivid imagination. In the past, the American has announced the SCS patrols by Japan, Australia, India and now France. Another party from outside the region. Where are those patrols now? Even if this one is true, what significance does France have anyway in today’s international politic? I am not surprised if the American will announce that Zimbabwe, Cuba or Mongolia would join US patrols on SCS. I don’t think US SCS planners know where SCS is, or how far it is from France. Maybe it’s better for those planners to go back to write superheroes comics.

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  4. Simon says:

    French patrol in SCS is inline with innocent passage in that it does not intrude but respect China’s 12 mile exclusion zones around its sovereign islands. In doing so The French want to differentiate what the American is doing as provocative and illegal.

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