South China Sea Disputes: Enjoy the Areas Claimed, OccupiedPosted: April 22, 2017
The South China Sea disputes are very complicated as each of the claimants has its grounds for its claim. In history, such disputes are usually resolved by war. Now, China is militarily much powerful than other claimants but is wise to refrain from resorting to force in dealing with the disputes.
As a Chinese, I praise Chinese leaders’ wisdom in doing so though quite many of my compatriots disagree. Why shall we share with others what belongs entirely to us?
We have wise reasons:
First, we shall take into our consideration of the patriotism of the peoples in other nations. We have justified grounds to refute their patriotism created by their governments and media, but we cannot eliminate such patriotism by force. On the contrary, military solution will only aggravate their false patriotism and give rise to endless enmity and hatred among their peoples.
In addition, the wars we will fight to recover our islands and reefs will scare other neighbors who have no disputes with us. As a result, we will be isolated among our neighbors.
Second, we shall make efforts to enjoy the areas we claim and occupy. A war, even won, will make it difficult for us to enjoy the areas. Certainly, having the sovereignty over what on claim concerns a country’s national dignity, but obtaining the benefits brought by the areas is much more important. China’s construction of 6 artificial islands there is precisely aimed at enjoying their location as outposts for military control of the area it claims and exploitation of fish, energy and tourism resources.
The Philippines, however, only knows to claim and occupy those barren islands without consideration of the living standards of the people and garrisons there.
In its report “In shadow of China’s reef city, Philippines seeks upgrade for its island patriots”, Reuters shows a photo of some Philippine civilians living on China’s Zhounye Island illegally taken by the Philippines. Those people certainly are Philippine patriots who love their country and believe that island belong to their country. They live their in spite of difficult living conditions in order to maintain their country’s occupation there. They indeed love their country, but their country does not take care of them. You can see the worries in the faces of most of them in the photo.
What is the purpose to take other’s island and have its troops and people living in hardship on the island?
Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-philippines-idUSKBN17N1ZH.