Recent US statements criticizing China for militarizing the South China Sea area have been bitterly rejected by Chinese authorities, who view Washington as doing the militarizing and trying to provoke China.
Tensions between various Asian countries have been on the rise over territorial disputes and Washington keeps sticking its nose in where it doesn’t belong in an attempt to undercut its global competitor, China.
“Judging from the outrage coming from China at being singled out, after Vietnam and the Philippines had taken steps, without being criticized, to secure resources in the contested sea before China’s own actions, the US statement seems to be backfiring,” Douglas H. Paal of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
“China has not militarized its foreign policy and does not appear equipped to do so for a long time”, while US allies Vietnam and the Philippines “eagerly encourage American weight thrown onto their side ofthe competition with China for free,” Paal said.
Late last year, President Obama announced a strategic shift into Asia-Pacific. This so-called ‘Asia pivot’ is an aggressive policy that involves surging American military presence throughout the region – in the Philippines, Japan, Australia, Guam, South Korea, Singapore, etc. – and backing basically all of China’s rivals.
The disputed territories center on the great potential for natural resources surrounding several island chains and control over some of the world’s most highly trafficked shipping lanes.
A recent report from the Center for Strategic International Studies predicted that next year “could see a shift in Chinese foreign policy based on the new leadership’s judgment that it must respond to a US strategy that seeks to prevent China’s reemergence as a great power.”
“Signs of a potential harsh reaction are already detectable,” the report said. “The US Asia pivot has triggered an outpouring of anti-American sentiment in China that will increase pressure on China’s incoming leadership to stand up to the United States. Nationalistic voices are calling for military countermeasures to the bolstering of America’s military posture in the region and the new US defense strategic guidelines.”
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The first of such provocation was done by Bill Clinton and Madeline Albright orchestrated war in Yugoslavia, when US deliberately bombed the Chines embassy. CIA was telling the world that the Map of the area bombing "was misprinted”…? In that attack 7 people were killed and dozens were injured all chines, including two Chines journalist.
US and EU are a militarism regimes, they are not operating nor the present governments have any understanding or respect for democracy, therefore, you see more of these (journalist) killings by US and EU militarism all over the world, they are doing it by knowing what they are doing, they don’t want to have any reporters report their killings of innocent people, they learned the prospect from Vietnam where even their own bought reporters couldn’t ignore the atrocity and war crimes committed in that part of the world. US is losing its grip of democracy, so is the Europeans government, losing their markets around the world due to what is called world powers, a social vulture capitalism economic system which is after the world as Zionism is, so they need to provoke anyone or start a war here and there, thats where the money is, thats where these government can stay strong relying on their militarism, thats where such system is about to change into a total fascistic, militaristic social apparatus where people, humans have no value at all. Look: the robots are all over working for the system, why the system should need you or even wanting to have anything to do with you, you are nothing but a slave treated as one.
Yeah, I'm not buying. China clearly is the bully of ASEAN, making outlandish claims in a aggressive bid for resources. US is merely trying to maintain status quo.
I would suggest that before we go starting a war with the Chinese, we end the wars we are currently fighting and rest and rehabilitate the troops we have in the field now as well as bring the status of materiel to a usable point.
Not that starting a war with China would be a good thing…or necessary. It's really time the US pulled in the empire and took care of business here at home.
The US does not win war's, and China will expose just how weak the US military really is. Make no doubt about it. China owns a majority of our debt, and have numerous options that could cripple our country. The US is the bully here, and should refrain from causing more damage to itself , and abroad. Just imagine an America that could actually mind its own business, and respect the rights of other country's no matter what their size may be.
China have history of bully of its neighbor for thousands of years, not just now. If your country are next to China you can tell that. China consider they are son of god
I totally agree, Tony. Glaser totally ignores huge swaths of history here.
I would disagree, for Empire USA is hell-bent on being god-king over all the Universe and the only solution is for the world to organize against our greed.
America and their allies would lose a war against China badly,and if nucular weapons were used both would lose along with most if not the entire world.China,Russia,North Korea,Brazil,Pakistan,Afganistan,Iraq,Iran,India ya India just to name a few,Nato could not win in Iraq,Afganistan or even Lybia without America.So it would be a war America with the little help Nato can give vs the rest of the world.Wonder if America will say anything about Israel the Mid East so called only democracy saying it don’t matter what the citizens say it’s up to the government.The government that don’t listen to all Americas and even their own inteligence agencys that say Iran is not building nukes and they would no if they started to.The only reason for these illegal wars is money for the 1% and population controll.We no the government never tells the truth they get caught lieing all the time.WMD in Iraq LOL.All of a sudden they would no if Iran was building weapons but could not with Iraq ya right.
Part of the problem arises from the tension between UNCLOS and how it defines and determines Exclusive Economic Zones, and China’s historical offshore rights that overlap or are inconsistent with the UNCLOS scheme, especially with a number of neighboring states competing over an economically valuable area On the one hand, it is complicated by the fact that China is a signatory of UNCLOS, and on the other that China's form of "Monroe Doctrine" and its “vassal” sphere of influence had existed for many centuries, which makes it offensive to the Chinese for the U.S. to tell them what to do in their backyard. The Philippines, Vietnam and others are already responding through ASEAN to increase their negotiating power. However, when the U.S. joins in, with EXXON Mobil and others poised to develop those offshore reserves, it raises a collective memory in the Chinese people and its leaders of the 19th Century Opium Wars and the West's exploitation of China.
Maybe, the U.S. should back off, and, while it may seem counterintuitive, the parties consider shelving the territorial sovereignty issues for a while, in favor of a comprehensive sustainable development plan to share the offshore reserves and to protect the environment, etc. since it is the development potential which seems most critical for the economic prosperity respective players.
Why our actions so terrorize China
In order for our Empire to expand, we must place sever limits on the ability of China and Russia to expand. This is what nuke vaporizing 220,000 humans in Japan was all about, and why they were not troop humans, but almost entirely the elderly, women, children and little baby humans.
Has US ever won any wars? No. In both Vietnam and Korea, they lost because the Chinese army was behind them. China was very poor then yet they won. Now that China has a strong and modern army with space technology and underground great wall etc, US & co don't stand a chance. Besides, the Chinese never boasts. They have big actions whereas US has big mouth. We have no clue what technology the Chinese have.
Some of us idiots make cheap comments about their military as if we're #1. Do you think the chinese will show off their most deadly weapons to the public in a parade? Use your brain man. What's more. The Chinese are historically good strategists with incredible team spirit. In comparison, we in the west value individual achievement often at the expense of the team. Assuming we have indeed more advanced weapons than them, we still can't match their strategies and psychological power. Forget not, NATO soldiers fight an aggressive war whereas Chinese soldiers fight a self-defense war. You have a different attitude when you fight to defend your property and your family than when you risk your life invading someone else's property. If I were a NATO soldier, I would rather lose a war of aggression but come home safe to watch my son and my grandson grow up. If I were a Chinese soldier, I would rather die to ensure my family still owns the land after my death which is better than the entire family gets wiped out.
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