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China warns US: military confrontation could arise over South China Sea dispute




Madison Ruppert, Contributor
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The United States has been goading China in the South China Sea dispute for some time now by arming the Philippines – one of the parties in the dispute – and continuing to arm them with more naval vessels and training through joint exercises.

Meanwhile, the West has shifted focus over to the Asia-Pacific region and continues to pour huge sums of money into military hardware which seems to be designed to be deployed in a scenario like what might develop in the South China Sea or a more traditional conflict, perhaps with Iran.

China has been quite vocal in opposing the United States’ antagonistic hegemony and indeed has been increasing their military spending quite a bit.

Now Chinese state media has warned the United States that the dispute in the South China Sea could indeed lead to a military confrontation.

This is hardly surprising seeing as China has repeatedly told the United States to stop meddling in the dispute since America has no vested interests to speak of.

On top of the previous joint military exercises, the military hardware and training, the U.S. is planning on holding yet another joint drill with the Philippines in the region.


The U.S. has seemingly taken a position wherein they support every single party in the dispute so long as they are not Chinese, something which inevitably will lead to conflict.

The dispute has manifested most recently in the “harassment” of Chinese fishing boats in the South China Sea.

Recently, Chinese vessels blocked a Filipino warship from capturing the crews aboard Chinese fishing vessels in the region around what is called the Scarborough Shoal in the Philippines and Huangyan Island in China.

The conflict also flared up when Chinese vessels allegedly harassed a research ship from the Philippines, although China claims that it was the warship that was harassing the fishing boats while urging the research vessel to “leave the area immediately.”

Obviously the situation in the South China Sea is far from stable and the United States is actively making it even more explosive by arming one side and seemingly pushing China to act.

In October of last year, United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made it very clear that this renewed focus on the Asia-Pacific region is not going to end any time soon.


During a press conference in Bali, Indonesia,Panetta stated, that “the purpose of my visit is to make very clear to this region and to our allies in the Pacific that we – and when I say we, the president of the United States and the Department of Defense – made very clear that the Pacific will remain a key priority for the United States, that we will maintain our force projection in this area, that we will maintain a presence in this area, that we will remain a Pacific power, and that we will do whatever we can to try to work with the nations of this area to develop a strong security and cooperative relationship.”

The West and allied nations regularly claim that China’s growing naval power is somehow threatening commerce in the region.

This is completely nonsensical since China claiming empty islands in the South China Sea in no way stops or threatens regional commercial activities, while fueling the South China Sea dispute and potentially turning it into a military conflict indeed does just that.

If anyone is to blame in this situation, it is the United States, who continues to be laughably hypocritical by absurdly claiming that China must explain their need for a refurbished Soviet aircraft carrier while the U.S. maintains by far the largest military budget in the world.

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Sovereignty over island never impedes navigation freedom

Updated: 2012-04-24 22:30(Xinhua)

BEIJING - China said on Tuesday that its exercise of sovereignty over the Huangyan Island has never impeded freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin made the remarks at a routine press briefing when asked to comment on Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario's remarks on the area.

Del Rosario said Monday that, with China claiming almost everything in the South China Sea, the message is they "can set the rules for anybody."

He also warned that China's territorial claims in the waterway may threaten freedom of navigation in the region.

"There have been no problems concerning freedom of navigation in the South China Sea," said Liu in response. "China has long been exercising sovereignty over the Huangyan Island and that has never and will be impossible to impact freedom of navigation in the region."

To the contrary, it is the Philippines that sent warships to the Huangyan Island and forcibly boarded Chinese fishing ships for inspection, which incurred tension and aroused people'sconcern over the safety of the region, he said.

Liu reaffirmed that China's sovereignty over the Huangyan Island has full historical and legalbasis, and its claim is in line with international law.

The Philippines never disputed China's sovereignty over the island until 1997, having clearly stated that the island was outside of the Philippines' territory, according to the spokesman.

It is a violation of international law for the Philippines to misinterpret the United Nations Convention on the Law Of the Sea and use the term of the "200-nautical-mile Exclusive Economic Zone" to undermine China's territory sovereignty, said Liu.

The international principles were enacted by all participant countries, and should be observed by all parties, no matter big or small, he urged, adding that the public can tell right from wrong.

Philippine Foreign Affairs Department spokesman Raul Hernandez said on Monday that thePhilippines would formally raise the issues surrounding the Huangyan Island during the "2+2" talks between Del Rosario and Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and their US counterparts,Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta next week.

"In general, most countries will not take a stand on territory disputes between other countries,"Liu said in response.

Liu said the Philippines' groundless territory claim over the Huangyan Island is the fundamentalcause of the complicated situation at present.

He said it will do no good for the Philippines to escalate tension over the Huangyan Island to the entire South China Sea.

"Chinese government will continue to firmly safeguard its territory sovereignty," Liu vowed.

China demands the Philippine side seriously handle its concern, respect its territory sovereignty,and refrain from taking any actions that will escalate and complicate the issue, he said.

He also said China hopes the waters around the Huangyan Island will regain peace and stability,and that Chinese fishermen's normal activities will go on undisturbed.




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China denounces Philippine call over South China Sea
Source: Xinhua/Shanghai Daily  |   2012-4-24  |     NEWSPAPER EDITION

China yesterday denounced Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario's call for other countries to take a stand regarding the South China Sea, adding that China's stance on safeguarding its territory and sovereignty was clear and firm.

Del Rosario, in a message sent to reporters on Sunday, urged other countries to "consider what China is endeavoring to do" on Huangyan Island in the South China Sea.

The Philippines has claimed sovereignty over the island, which is part of Chinese territory.

"The Huangyan Island concerns China's sovereignty and the stance of the Chinese government on safeguarding its territory and sovereignty is clear and firm," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said in Beijing.

"It will only complicate and scale up the issue to ask other countries to take sides over sovereignty issues," Liu said, adding that such a move would not help to properly settle the current situation.

On April 10, a dozen Chinese fishing boats were harassed by a Philippine Navy gunboat while taking refuge from bad weather in a lagoon near Huangyan Island.

Two Chinese marine surveillance ships conducting routine patrols in the area later came to the fishermen's rescue.

As the standoff enters its third week, China has a maritime surveillance ship and six fishing boats in the area while the Philippines has a coastguard vessel and a fisheries boat.

On Sunday, Lieutenant General Juancho Sabban said after annual US-Philippines war games on the western Philippine island of Palawan he had asked for more ships and aircraft to step up patrols in the area, Reuters reported.

"We have more patrols now than before and we are asking for more air assets so we can patrol the area," he said.

China's military, in a commentary in the Liberation Army Daily last Saturday, warned the United States that US-Philippine military exercises had raised the risk of armed confrontation in the South China Sea.

Peking University professor Jia Qingguo said China may be preparing to take a tougher line on disputes, adding many in China want the US to rein in the Philippines.

"Quite a lot of people are thinking that the US is encouraging the Philippines to create a problem for China in the South China Sea," Jia said.

US and Philippine troops launched two weeks of the naval exercises in mid-April. Amphibious landing drills are set to take place tomorrow in areas facing the South China Sea.

However, US and Philippine military officials said the drills were not directed at China or any other party.



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South China Sea is not no-rule paradise for adventurers

By Zhong Sheng (People's Daily)         15:04, April 26, 2012

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

The wind waves around China's inherent territory Huangyan Island still have not completely calmed down. In disregard of China's principle and standpoint of solving the issue in a diplomatic way and China's constructive actions, the Philippines side is still making a fuss.

A senior military officer of the Philippines declared that they had sent two ships to the Huangyan Island.

Connecting it with the speech of China having turned into a huge threat to many countries in the South China Sea given by the Philippine Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario in the United States, it could be easily seen that the Philippines is playing its cards successively according to its own plan: it is trying to keep the South China Sea issue hot by stirring things up, it is creating the illusion that China could make rules against any countries, and it is trying its best to pull big external countries and the ASEAN to its side so that it could internationalize the issue ultimately.

Since the Philippines side has mentioned the word of "rule" many times, it is necessary for us to remind it: The South China Sea is not a no-rule paradise for adventurers.

The Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea signed by China and ASEAN countries in as early as November 2002 clearly prescribed fundamental rules for treating the South China Sea issue, including keeping the self-control, adopting no action that may complicate and enlarge the dispute and affecte the peace and stability, and coping with divergences of views in constructive ways. Since the Philippines is an important signatory of this document, it should clearly understand the seriousness of the rules mentioned above.


The Huangyan Island is China's inherent territory. The Philippines' baseless territorial claim on the islands is the root cause for the complexity of the Huangyan Island issue. By declaring repeatedly that China unilaterally makes rules, the Philippines is just to conceal its guilty feeling for breaking fundamental rules of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.

Making the South China Sea a sea of real peace, friendship and cooperation is China's principle, standpoint and unchanging will and also a common interest of China and ASEAN countries.

The Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea is an important fundamental document for solving the South China Sea issue. China is willing to promote the implementation of the Declaration together with ASEAN countries. For this goal, dialogues and negotiations are needed so that the mutual trust could be established and a positive atmosphere could be created.

South China Sea is not no-rule paradise for adventurers. Any actions against the trend of the times will not have good results.
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