Tuesday, October 27, 2015
U.S. Navy challenges China
U.S. Navy challenges China
Some years ago when the Communist government in China started building up and modernizing their military their neighbors in Asia were concerned. To alleviate the fears of their neighbors the commies stated their military buildup was purely for peace.
The problem is China’s neighbors thought they meant “peace,” when what they really meant was “piece.” A piece of the Philippines (Scarborough Shoal). A piece of Vietnam (territorial waters off Vietnam). A piece of Japan (the Senkaku Islands). A piece of India (invading the border region between the two nations).
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea – UNCLOS, allows for a twelve mile off shore territorial claim off natural shores not artificial islands.
However the commies in China have a different interpretation of reality. They are ignoring the EEZ’s established by the United Nations and established their own zone claiming virtually all of the South China Sea. They are blatantly violating the EEZ’s of Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, and the Philippines. With the Spratly Islands belonging to the Philippines, the commies are claiming these islands also.
The government of the Philippines allowed China’s aggressive, bully behavior because China’s military is too massive. The peaceful or piece-full commie military with evil sinister designs on their neighbors. Remember, commies never make good neighbors.
By claiming twelve nautical miles off their artificial islands China is violating the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. To maintain navigational freedom in international waters and freedom of navigation the United States sent the destroyer USS Lassen to sail within twelve miles of China’s artificial islands built within stolen waters.
China’s reaction was harsh words and no action. The U.S. Navy stood up to a bully and why did the Philippines not join in?
When China first move aggressively against Philippine territory the Philippines should have employed their navy. If the commies would have fire upon the Philippine Navy it would have brought world-wide condemnation and possibly an embargo. The reaction would have had a negative impact upon their fragile economy resulting in a possible collapse of the commie government.
Whatever the outcome it would have demonstrated the Philippines will not be allowed to fall victim to bullies.
China’s interest in these islands has more to do with oil, gas, and fishing than it does with national integrity. These are the conflicts of the 21st century we can look forward to with the commies in China initiating and or instigating conflicts.
Article on the U.S. Navy vessel USS Lassen:
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea:
Article referenced about Filipino fishermen:
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