• CHINESE MEDIA TO WASHINGTON:

    Blocking China from islands means ‘war’

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    CHINA’S state-run media warned the United States on Friday there would be war if it moved to block China’s access to islands in the contested West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

    “Unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South China Sea, any other approaches to prevent Chinese access to the islands will be foolish,” the Global Times said in an editorial.

    China Daily took a similar line, saying: “It would set a course for devastating confrontation between China and the US. After all, how can the US deny China access to its own territories without inviting the latter’s legitimate, defensive responses?”

    The newspapers were responding to US Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson’s remarks in a confirmation hearing in Washington on Thursday, that China must be denied access to reefs it had reclaimed in the disputed waters.

    China has irreversibly destroyed South China Sea reefs and turned them into artificial islets, despite overlapping claims by the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan.

    A July 12, 2016 international arbitration ruling favored the Philippines and declared China’s claims, based on the so-called “nine-dash line” demarcation line, without legal basis.

    Before US senators, Tillerson likened China’s island-building to “Russia’s taking of Crimea” that allowed them to “keep pushing the envelope” in the waters because of the failure of outside parties to intervene.

    “We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed,” the former Exxon Mobil executive said during his confirmation hearing.

    It remains a question whether President-elect Donald Trump’s bet will get through the scrutiny of the Senate foreign relations committee, with some observers claiming the nomination was likely to be vetoed.

    Global Times said that if Tillerson’s statements became US foreign policy, “the two sides had better prepare for a military clash.”

    “China has enough determination and strength to make sure that his rabble-rousing will not succeed,” it wrote.
    Nonetheless, China Daily said Tillerson’s “intimidating” remarks were “not worth taking seriously,” describing it as “a mish-mash of naivety, shortsightedness, worn-out prejudices and unrealistic political fantasies.”
    “Should he act on them in the real world, it would be disastrous,” it added.

    Despite their wide influence, the newspapers’ strongly worded editorials do not necessarily reflect Chinese policy.

    The official response from the Chinese Foreign ministry was tamer, with a spokesman stating that Beijing-Washington relations were based on “non-confrontation, non-conflict, mutual benefit and win-win cooperation.”
    “[China’s policy] serves the common interests and meets the shared aspiration of countries in the region to maintain peace and stability of the South China Sea, properly manage differences and work for common development. Outsiders should respect that. We cannot be any clearer on that,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a news conference in Beijing on Thursday or prior to the publication of the editorials.

    The Philippines is also not keen on confronting China despite its island-building and supposed militarization in the disputed waters.

    Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. told reporters in Manila earlier this week a legally binding framework for the code of conduct of Southeast Asian nations and China in the South China Sea would be completed in the middle of the year.

    Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar reiterated that the Duterte administration was committed to pursue a peaceful resolution to the maritime dispute with China.

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    1. The UNCLOS resolution is like what the chinese calls “lutong macau”. To use the rule of arbitration both parties must agree to bind themselves. How can it be binding? when that basic requirement is not met.

    2. You Americans just try denying China access to the South China Sea, and you won’t live to regret it. Not only will you lose your shirt, your pants and suffer “a bloody nose”, you will set the stage for a worldwide resistance to your insistent attempts at international hegemony. Already, you have given birth to Al Qaeda and now to ISIS. You have laid to waste most of the entire Middle East, and now, you want to replicate “your thing” here in Asia?!

    3. Go USA! NUKE them in Beijing and kick all of their Chinese kids out of the USA!

      Most Chine officials are so corrupt their families live USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand on the stolen money. The corrupt Chinese have stolen $billions USD from China and prefer to live in ” the west”.

      Time to sink their 1 aircraft carriers and shoot down their copy planes.

      Nuke their submarine base at Sanya Hainan Island!

      Impose 100% taxes on made in China. Everyone knows made in china is the lowest quality rubbish. without USA buyjng China products China will go bankrupt,

      CHINA GET OUT OF THE PHILIPPINES, MALAYSIA, JAPAN, VIETNAM. GO BACK TO CHINA AND STAY OUT OF OUR OCEANS AND LAND. STOP STEALING OUT FISH, OIL AND RESOURCES. STOP COPYING OUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND DESIGNS. STOP SENNDING YOUR CHINA MADE DRUGS TO KILL US AND OUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS.

    4. Are people reading this article correctly? Because to me, it is USA who is provoking war, not China. The Philippines government did well to quell a very complicated and potentially deadly situation. USA on the other hand, so very far away from home, are insisting to meddle on issues in Asia. Newsflash, USA is NOT the policemen of the world. USA should look to its past (but still present) transgressions before accusing others of same, eg. Hawaii, Irag, Afghanistan and now Syria – or are people turning a blind eye on these? Imagine Chinese warships exercising their “freedom of navigation” in the Pacific close to LA, what do you reckon the Americans would do? USA needs to leave West Philippines Sea and stop provoking conflict.

    5. That is what Duterte is trying very hard to avoid. Being in the middle of a battle between 2 super power. Duterte is not an idiot like everybody is saying. He is playing it safe. He saw that the US is being intimidated by China. There might be a big war. china will not attack us. US will not attack us. Both of them will kill each other.

    6. Here is an example of a giant who has no morals and wants to impose its will regardless of what the International community says. Let China get out of this world. Who the hell do they think they are?

      I think that all citizens of the world should BOYCOTT their products and get them out of existence!!!

    7. Loko talaga itong China. Gagawa sila ng kalokohan at pagkatapos sila ang nananakot na magkakagera pag nakialam and ating kaibigang Uncle Sam. Wala na atang utak itong mga tao na ito.

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      Matalas ang utak! Di ba nakukuha nga nila ang mga lupa at karagatan ng Pilipinas at Vietnam.

      • GO GO GO AMERICA,, IMPLEMENT THE RULES OF LAW, NAVIGATION AND MARITIME LAW INTERNATIONALLY… AMERICA IS NOT CHINA.. AMERICA IS AMERICA..I WANT AMERICA CHALLENGE CHINA AT THE BATTLEFRONT, AND FOR SURE, CHINA WILL KNEEL TO HIS OWN FEET..CHINA WILL LOST EVERYTHING IF HE DECLARE WAR AGAINST AMERICA.. CHINA IS NO MUCH WITH AMERICA..
        CHINA WILL GO BACK AGAIN TO ZERO….AND WILL STOP BULLYING HIS NEIGHBOR ESP. PHILIPPINES… GO GO GO GO AMERICA.. CHALLENGE CHINA..REMEMBER AMERICA IS AMERICA, THE MOST POWERFUL NATIONS IN THE WORLD…

    8. The most unreasonable government in territorial disputes I ever heard is China. First, Chinese leaders know that all those shallow waters that are now covered with cement to make it an artificial Islands for their Jet fighters and warships are part triangle coral reefs, a habitat that sustains marine’s life to sustain life the ecosystem. The Chinese government should not have built that artificial Island. Second, The UNCLOS had already laid down its judgment that China has no any legal claim over those artificial Island; China is illegally occupying those artificial Islands. Therefore, China should already have vacated those artificial Islands. Chinese leaders look like street fighters who go anywhere around the neighborhood looking for a trouble without a cause than to make a little money without any thoughts whatsoever of those people passing on their way.