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Post time 2012-4-10 17:03:31 |Display all floors
Nowadays louder hardline voices have been heard no matter from military or academic fields over the issues in South China Sea. Will China choose one target as an alert to nudge others in this areas? Do you think China could make it a short and successful one like she did in 1960s with India?



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Post time 2012-4-10 17:04:18 |Display all floors
Chinese General: Philippines Faces 'Last Chance'

A Chinese general warned the Philippines that it was facing its 'last chance' to resolve simmering territorial disputes in the potentially resource-rich South China Sea, a rhetorical uptick in what has emerged as the region's hottest potential military flashpoint.

Luo Yuan, a Chinese major general known for his hawkish views, in a commentary published Monday in the popular Global Times newspaper, accused the Philippines of hijacking a recent ASEAN summit and said Manila's continuing provocations were bound to fail.

'The biggest miscalculation of the Philippines is that it has misestimated the strength and willpower of China to defend its territorial integrity,' Gen. Luo wrote (in Chinese).

Gen. Luo's comments, appearing in a tabloid published by the Communist Party mouthpiece People's Daily, demonstrate a growing impatience within at least some parts of the People's Liberation Army and the ruling Communist Party over disputes in the South China Sea, which are claimed in whole or part by China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei.

Nonetheless, Mr. Luo's remarks don't necessarily reflect wider government thinking. While Beijing hasn't ceded its claims of complete sovereignty over the sea, it continues to seek diplomatic resolutions with other claimants.

Mr. Luo's hawkish stance is somewhat odd coming at a time when China already faces military and diplomatic pressure over escalating tensions in neighboring North Korea as well as in relation to Iran, a key Middle East ally.

The Philippines and Vietnam have emerged as the most aggressive opponents of China's claims over the South China Sea, and allege Chinese naval vessels have harassed their oil-exploration ships there.

The sea is thought to hold large oil and natural gas reserves, though exploration has been hamstrung by ongoing territorial disputes. China National Offshore Oil Corp. last year said it was opening bidding to help develop 19 blocks in the South China Sea. Vietnam subsequently lodged a protest.

At last week's ASEAN summit, southeast Asian leaders struggled to find common ground on how to deal with disputes in the South China Sea. The Philippines urged leaders to draft an ASEAN 'code of conduct' for resolving sea disputes.

A unified 'code of conduct' would help smaller southeast Asian states present a stronger front in negotiating with regional powerhouse China. Vietnam backed the Philippines' proposal, but it remains unclear whether calls to draft a joint code were supported by Cambodia, an ally of China in the region.

China has long said it opposes what it calls attempts to 'internationalize' territorial disputes in the China Sea, and says it wants to resolve conflicts with claimants on a bilateral basis.


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Post time 2012-4-10 20:46:30 |Display all floors
The slippery slope away from a peaceful rise?

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Post time 2012-4-10 21:28:42 |Display all floors
to catch brigands, first catch their king. Philippines is not a good target, our objective is their master----United States.

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Post time 2012-4-11 16:38:15 |Display all floors
MANILA, Philippines – China on Wednesday accused a Philippine warship of illegally entering Chinese waters and ordered it to immediately leave the area, escalating a territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
The Chinese embassy in Manila released a statement reasserting the country’s sovereign rights to the West Philippine Se, including the disputed area that is much closer to Philippine landmass.
The statement “urged the Philippine side to stop immediately their illegal activities and leave this area”.
The Philippine government had earlier Wednesday said two Chinese surveillance vessels were blocking efforts by its biggest warship to arrest Chinese fishermen on eight boats caught fishing illegally in its waters.
The government said the standoff was occurring at Scarborough Shoal, 124 nautical miles from the western coast of the country’s main island of Luzon.
China insists it has sovereign rights to all of the West Philippine Se, even waters close to the coast of other countries and hundreds of kilometers (miles) from its own landmass.
The Philippines says it has sovereign rights over areas of the sea within its 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone, and that its position is supported by international law.
China calls the shoal Huangyan Island, and the Chinese embassy statement insisted the area belonged solely to China.
“The Chinese Embassy hereby reiterates that Huangyan Island is an integral part of the Chinese territory and the waters around it is the traditional fishing area for the Chinese fishermen,” the statement said.
“Ever since the ancient times, numerous documents on the Chinese history have put down definitely in writing that Huangyan Island belongs to Chinese territory.”

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Post time 2012-4-11 16:51:23 |Display all floors
Manila summons China's envoy over West PHL Sea standoff
April 11, 2012 2:57pm
The Philippines summoned China's ambassador on Wednesday for talks over a standoff in a jointly claimed area in the West Philippine Sea (also South China Sea), but the dispute escalated when China accused the Philippines of harassing Chinese fishermen.

The Philippines and China are contesting sovereignty over a small group of rock formations known as Scarborough Shoal.
The shoal, known in the Philippines as the Panatag Shoal but which the Chinese call Huangyan Island, is about 124 nautical miles off the main Philippine island of Luzon, near a former U.S. navy base in Subic Bay.

On Sunday, a Philippines Navy surveillance plane spotted eight Chinese fishing boats in the shoal and Manila's largest warship, a U.S. Hamilton-class cutter, was sent to check on the Chinese presence.

Two Chinese surveillance ships arrived soon after the crew from the warship inspected the fishing boats on Tuesday. The surveillance vessels were then placed between the warship and the fishing boats to prevent the arrest of any fishermen.

The dispute is one of a mosaic of conflicting claims over islands, reefs and shoals in the South China Sea that pit China against the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan.

Some of the claims have drawn the United States to press China over sovereignty.

Tension has risen in the past two years over worries China is becoming more assertive in its claims to the seas, believed to be rich in oil and gas and straddling shipping lanes between East Asia and Europe and the Middle East.

The stakes have risen further since the United States last year began refocusing its military attention on Asia, strengthening ties with the Philippines and Australia.

China said it was talking with the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to seek a solution to the Scarborough dispute so that "China-Philippines friendly relations and peace, stability in the South China Sea are well preserved".

A statement issued by the Chinese embassy said 12 fishing boats had taken shelter from harsh weather in a lagoon. It said the Philippine "gunboat" blocked the lagoon entrance, preventing the Chinese surveillance vessels from "fulfilling the duties of safeguarding Chinese maritime rights and interests".

It said the embassy immediately contacted the DFA and "reiterated China's sovereignty over Huangyan Island, (and) urged the Philippine side to stop immediately their illegal activities and leave this area".

In an earlier move to ease tensions, a Philippine military commander said a coast guard ship was on its way to the area to assist the warship, saying the navy should not be involved in the enforcement of maritime laws.

"We have authority to confiscate them and bring the ships here. We've done that in the past," Lieutenant General Anthony Alcantara told reporters.

War games

On Tuesday, Chinese state media said a Chinese cruise ship, the Scent of Princess Coconut, had completed a trial voyage to the Paracel Islands, a cluster of close to 40 islets, outcrops and reefs that both Vietnam and China claim.

The proposal to open the Paracels, known as the Xisha islands in Chinese, to tourism and the Scarborough stand-off indicate a worsening of friction.

In March 2011, Chinese navy ships threatened to ram a Philippine research vessel, prompting Manila to scramble planes and ships to a dispute in the Reed Bank area. That incident prompted Manila to seek closer ties with Washington and the two sides will stage war games around the Reed Bank this month.

Earlier on Wednesday, Philippines foreign ministry spokesman Raul Hernandez said Manila was seeking a diplomatic solution after Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario called in Chinese ambassador Ma Keqing for discussions.

A foreign ministry statement said the shoal was within the Philippines exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. On Tuesday, a Philippine Navy team inspected the Chinese fishing boats and found illegally collected coral, giant clams and live sharks in one vessel.

The embassy said Huangyan was an integral part of Chinese territory and its waters were traditional fishing grounds. China, it said, has had "abundant historical and jurisprudence backing ... ever since the ancient times".

At a regional summit in Phnom Penh this month, the Philippines sought a regional meeting to discuss the disputes. China has rejected "internationalization" of the disputes, preferring to discuss them bilaterally or with the ASEAN regional grouping. - Reuters

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Post time 2012-4-11 17:01:50 |Display all floors
When Tourists want to swim on westerly Beaches in the Philippines they have to be careful not to swim to far out. They might be in "Chinese waters" all of a sudden. It would be a breach of Chinese custom laws and security of course.

Make sure you have "nothing to declare" when taking a swim away from the sandy beach.

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