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China's island-building in the South China Sea has raised the hackles of its neighbours as well as the US    Picture source: Reuters


China has hit back at the US in a row over marine territorial claims.
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying alluded to the US when she blamed "some countries" for flexing "their military
muscles again and again" in the South China Sea.
Last week, US officials said they were considering sailing warships in an area around the Spratly island chain which China claims as territory.
It has sparked tit-for-tat warnings between the two powers.
China has been worrying its neighbours - and the US - by enlarging the series of tiny islands, reports the BBC's China analyst Michael Bristow.



Washington believes Beijing is constructing military facilities, designed to reinforce its disputed claim to most of the region - a major shipping zone.
China says its work is legal and needed to safeguard its sovereignty.
'Make no mistake'
The row began when US officials said they were considering sending warships inside the 12-nautical-mile zones that China claims as territory around the Spratlys.
That sparked strong words from China, with Ms Hua warning: "We will never allow any country to violate China's territorial waters and airspace in the Spratly Islands, in the name of protecting freedom of navigation and overflight."
On Tuesday, US Defence Secretary Ash Carter expressed "strong concerns" over island-building, and defended Washington's plans.
"Make no mistake, the United States will fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows, as we do around the world, and the South China Sea will not be an exception," he said at a news conference with the Australian foreign and defence ministers.
"We will do that in the time and places of our choosing," he added, according to Reuters news agency.





Disputed islands





The dispute in the South China Sea is over the sovereignty of ocean areas, and the Paracels and the Spratlys - two island chains claimed in whole or in part by a number of countries.
Alongside the fully fledged islands, there are dozens of rocky outcrops, atolls, sandbanks and reefs, such as the Scarborough Shoal.

Although largely uninhabited, the Paracels and the Spratlys may have reserves of natural resources around them.
The sea is also a major shipping route and home to fishing grounds that supply the livelihoods of people across the region.

That in turn triggered Wednesday's rebuke from China.

Asked about Mr Carter's comments, Ms Hua said: "I want to point out that some countries, in a region far from their own lands, have deployed offensive weaponry on a large scale and flexed their military muscles again and again in the South China Sea.

"This is the biggest factor in the militarisation of the South China Sea. We hope the relevant countries cease hyping up the South China Sea issue and scrupulously abide by their promises not to take a position on the territorial disputes," she said, according to Reuters.

US dilemma

The US might have mounted sea patrols in this area, but not for several years, our analyst says - and not since China began its massive building programme in the South China Sea.

A US military plane that flew near one of the islands in May was warned off - eight times.

The US now has to decide whether to send in its ships and risk confrontation, or back down and look weak, our analyst says.

Earlier this week, Vietnam criticised China's completion of two lighthouses in the South China Sea's Spratly islands, arguing they violated Vietnam's sovereignty.

Beijing maintains the lighthouses will improve navigation.




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Post time 2015-10-15 08:49:22 |Display all floors
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The USA is a byproduct of the greedy and murderous Europeans who stole three continents over
the past 500 years.
No need to listen to these hypocrites. The China Sea is the territory of China, not the west.
The USA needs to get their military bases out of east Asia.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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robert237 Post time: 2015-10-15 08:56
The USA is a byproduct of the greedy and murderous Europeans who stole three continents over
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couldn't agree more!

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robert237 Post time: 2015-10-15 08:56
The USA is a byproduct of the greedy and murderous Europeans who stole three continents over
the pas ...

If historical claims had any validity then Mongolia could claim all of Asia simply because it once conquered the lands of the continent. There is absolutely no historical basis to support either of the dash-line claims, especially considering that the territories of Chinese empires were never as carefully delimited as nation-states, but rather existed as zones of influence tapering away from a civilized center. This is the position contemporary China took starting in the 1960s, while negotiating its land boundaries with several of its neighboring countries. But this is not the position it takes today in the cartographic, diplomatic, and low-intensity military skirmishes to define its maritime borders. The continued reinterpretation of history to advance contemporary political, territorial, and maritime claims, coupled with the Communist leadership’s ability to turn “nationalistic eruptions” on and off like a tap during moments of tension with the United States, Japan, South Korea, India, Vietnam, and the Philippines, makes it difficult for Beijing to reassure neighbors that its “peaceful rise” is wholly peaceful.

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There comes a point in every country's history when its sovereignty can be defended, not by reason nor by diplomacy, but by iron and blood.

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defend our own territory is justice ..

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