South China Sea disputes: China Advances, US Retreats


A Chinese coastguard vessel sprays a water cannon at Philippine fishermen near the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea in September 2015. Photo: AP

SCMP says in its report “China’s coastguard staking claim to contested reefs in South China Sea” today that China has intensified patrols of the sea area claimed by it within its nine-dash line. It said, “These South China Sea claims were also denied by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague last July” to hint that China is wrong in carrying out such patrols.

However, SCMP seems to forget that after the arbitration award China sent its air force to conduct combat patrol of the area it claims with its best fighter jets and bombers. The US sent two aircraft battle groups to force China to accept the arbitration award, but China responded with its firm resolution to fight a war to protect its rights and interests in the South China Sea.

Patrol by coast guard vessels are really not worth mentioning compared with combat patrol by advanced warplanes.

The US is wise not to fight China in the South China Sea as China has geographical advantages there especially when it has built large artificial islands with three airports there.

Moreover, Obama and Hillary Clinton created trouble in the South China Sea in order but to contain China. The US has no interests there for it to fight a war with a military power.

Trump’s priority is to bring jobs back home and make the US great. He certainly will not waste US resources in a conflict that will not benefit the US.

Other claimants may be unhappy with China’s patrols in the disputed areas but who shall they blame? The Philippines that filed the arbitration, the arbitration court that gave an entirely unacceptable arbitration award and the US that instigated the arbitration but has failed to enforce the arbitration award.

We see the stupidity of the arbitration. Without the arbitration, China did not actively patrol the disputed area, but after the arbitration that utterly denies China’s rights and interests, unless China is weak and easily bullied as it was a century ago, it will certainly advance into the area. Without sufficient military power to counter China’s advance, the US can do nothing but avoid military conflict with China there no matter who is US president.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be viewed at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2089962/chinas-coastguard-staking-claim-contested-reefs-south.

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2 Comments on “South China Sea disputes: China Advances, US Retreats”

  1. Steve says:

    China Ascending, US Sinking…Blame the Philippines, they are a bunch misfits, misguided and miscalculated fools. The PCA is the only legal entity where its arbitration awards can be denied as inept, not binding, unenforceable and not respected. The only way out is war and the PH culprits cannot even rely on their American Masters for their so called hand in hand military alliance.

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  2. Global Fraud Squad says:

    “These South China Sea claims were .. denied by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague last July”

    Of course Beijing chose to ignore this so-called “Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague”.

    It is a fake court without UN sanctification. Anyone can just “set up” a “court”. But who do they have jurisdiction over? Who will recognize the “self appointed judges: and their “opinions” and “verdicts”? Who is going to enforce them? Belgium? Do they have a police force to do that locally or internationally?

    If not, and without international recognition, or sanctification by the UN, this so-called “Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague” is a fake, a scam, a fraud. Not even a ersatz court. How could any one or country take this seriously?

    Just because the Washington controlled Western mass medias shout that its ruling should be applied to China, you expect anyone of sound mind to seriously believe that?

    I presume that if Beijing were to write up criminal charges against Obama, George Bush, Hillary Rodham, Cheney, Rumsfield, and Vitoria Nuland, and pay to select and hire the judges to adjudicate the case, maybe even write the judgement for them like the Filipinos, Washington and the U.S> must abide by them! If not, they can be arrested when travelling out of the U.S.

    You see how absurd and ridiculous and what a joke this so-called “Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague” is? Yeah, no different from a street peddler setting up a “court” and declare himself a “Permanent Court of Arbitration in Sunset Boulevard”.

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