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Photo taken on April 5, 2016 shows the lighthouse on Zhubi Reef of Nansha Islands in the South China Sea, south China. (Xinhua file photo)

The United States likes to think of itself as a force for peace, law and justice, and the deployment of two aircraft carriers on a "training mission" in East Asia obviously backs up that aspiration. Or does it?

The timing of the operation -- just ahead of a ruling on South China Sea disputes -- is surely a deliberated one. The United States has dressed up the illegal, unilateral arbitration instigated by the Philippines as a noble act of homage to international law, while China's complete ambivalence toward irrelevant proceedings in The Hague is painted as disrespectful and a violation of that same international law.

Why the big show of strength now?

After countless promises not to take sides in South China Sea disputes, the arrival of the warships is presumably just another aspect of the "peaceful resolution based on international law" which the Obama administration has so consistently advocated.

Since the Philippines took it upon itself to open the arbitration, China has been drawn as the neighborhood bully who wants to militarize the region, but facts speak louder than hollow words and now more than 60 countries openly support China's stance. Could that be what all these warships, fighter jets and troops are about?

To the United States, these moves might look like "peace, law and justice," but to everyone else they appear to be exactly what they are: militarization.

Even the Philippines smells a rat. On Tuesday, Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines' president-elect, said that he had asked the U.S. ambassador whether Washington would support the Philippines in a confrontation with China.

"Are you with us or are you not with us?" asked Duterte.

"Only if you are attacked," the ambassador replied.

There's the rub. Is U.S. support for the arbitration really for the sake of the Philippines? Or is it all about China?

If there are any lessons to be learned from the past, the Philippines would know that bringing outsiders into any dispute invariably complicates matters, and never calms things down.

To paraphrase "Game of Thrones," the Philippines may well ask themselves whether it is worthy "to fight for the master who would never fight and die for you?"

As a new president preparing to assume office, Duterte would do well to give a thought to returning to the negotiating table. China will welcome him there.

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Post time 2016-7-2 18:59:54 |Display all floors
Will the Chinese give back all terrority they have stolen?

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This post was edited by emanreus at 2016-7-4 16:46
dusty1 Post time: 2016-7-2 18:59
Will the Chinese give back all terrority they have stolen?

Not only Children, but the whole Continent was stolen.

The Stolen Generations (also known as Stolen Children) were the children of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who were removed from their families by the Australian Federal and State government agencies and church missions, under acts of their respective parliaments.
The removals of those referred to as "half-caste" children were conducted in the period between approximately 1905 and 1969, although in some places mixed-race children were still being taken into the 1970.

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emanreus Post time: 2016-7-3 20:09
Not only Children, but the whole Continent was stolen.

The Stolen Generations (also known as Stole ...

Shall we look at the kingdoms that were stolen in China will they be returned to their rightful people?
China was never one country throughout its history

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Post time 2016-7-5 06:21:35 |Display all floors
Chinese are having a military exercise there so I would say the Chinese

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Post time 2016-7-7 06:26:39 |Display all floors
North America Continent, USA & Canada, Australia Continent & New Zealand; no wonder present day Anglo gang leader Uncle Sam will rather spend a great fortune on military industry complex in order to keep up themselves on top of the world militarily, which by the way is their number one and foremost priority, as they have so much stakes of looted continents & lands throughout the whole wide world.


   They want to put up a parameter or a buffer zone around these pillaged and plunder continents; which is one of the reason that they are messing up in South China Sea; got it?!



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dusty1 Post time: 2016-7-5 06:21
Chinese are having a military exercise there so I would say the Chinese

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