Thursday, November 5, 2015

Asia / South China Sea - Real U.S. allies

 Asia / South China Sea - Real U.S. allies

The United States Navy vessel USS Lassen recently asserted freedom of navigation by sailing within China’s imposed twelve mile territory limit off an artificial island.  Some U.S. allies in Asia reacted in the following ways as reported by The

The Philippines:
President Benigno Aquino III offered the most full-throated support.

In a written statement, Defense Minister Marise Payne strongly endorsed the right of the United States

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had expressed his support for the U.S. move and promised Japan would “cooperate with international society, including the United States, our ally.”

South Korea:
Noh Kwang-il, spokesperson for the Republic of Korea’s Foreign Ministry, tiptoed around the U.S.
South Korea’s unwillingness to come out more forcefully against Chinese assertiveness has persistently disappointed U.S. alliance managers.

The “Diplomat” article:

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?

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.

Related articles:

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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