China hits back at US, Japan

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SINGAPORE: China denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Sunday for “provocative” remarks accusing Beijing of destabilizing actions in contested Asian waters.

Lieutenant General Wang Guanzhong, deputy chief of the general staff of the People’s Liberation Army, told an Asian security forum in Singapore that strong comments made by Abe and Hagel at the conference were “unacceptable.”

Abe had opened the Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday by urging countries to respect the rule of law —an apparent reference to what rivals consider aggressive Chinese behavior over disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and East China Sea.

Hagel on Saturday warned China against “destabilizing actions” in the South China Sea and listed a number of alleged infractions, including against the Philippines and Vietnam, the two most vocal critics of Beijing’s claims.


“The Chinese delegation… have this feeling that the speeches of Mr Abe and Mr Hagel are a provocative action against China,” Wang, dressed in full military uniform, said in an address to the forum.

Abe had left Saturday and Hagel departed early Sunday before Wang spoke.

The Pentagon said Hagel and Wang held a brief meeting on Saturday in which they “exchanged views about issues important to both the US and China, as well as to the region.”

About midway into his prepared speech in which he said China “will never seek hegemony and foreign expansion,” Wang diverted from the script.

He accused Abe and Hagel of “coordinating” with each other to attack China.

“This is simply unimaginable,” said Wang, the highest ranking military official in the Chinese delegation, adding that the US and Japanese speeches were “unacceptable and not in the spirit of this Shangri-La Dialogue.”

“The speeches made by Mr Abe and Mr Hagel gave me the impression that they coordinated with each other, they supported each other, they encouraged each other and they took the advantage of speaking first… and staged provocative actions and challenges against China,” he said.

‘Destabilizing actions’
Hagel issued a blunt message to Beijing on Saturday, saying “China has undertaken destabilizing, unilateral actions asserting its claims in the South China Sea.”

He accused China of restricting the Philippines’ access to Scarborough Shoal, putting pressure on Manila’s long-standing presence in Second Thomas Shoal, beginning land reclamation at various locations and moving an oil rig into disputed waters with Vietnam.

Hagel said that while Washington does not take sides on rival claims, “we firmly oppose any nation’s use of intimidation, coercion, or the threat of force to assert these claims.”

Abe in turn pledged that his country would play a larger role in promoting peace in Asia as his administration moves to reshape the Japanese military’s purely defensive stance.

Beijing and Tokyo contest islands in the East China Sea.

AFP

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  1. eltee mulawin on

    >>> to PROC General Wang and other chinese delegation or whoever, HOW DO YOU DEFINE DESTABILIZING ACTION AND PROVOCATIVE ACTION ???

    >>>to PROC General Wang and other chinese delegation or whoever, HOW DO YOU DEFINE THE MEANING OF ” SIGNED AGREEMENT” ????

    >>> to PROC General Wang, IF YOU COULD NOT DEFINE IT, YOU AND YOUR FELLOW CHINESE IN YOUR GOVERNMENT ARE REALLY AND TRULLY SAME MEANING OF YOU NAME …WHICH IS …BU WANG !!!!!

  2. Putting up oil rig in the sovereign territory of Vietnam and claiming it as your own and ramming it and water canon the of Vietnamese boats that resulted injuries to the Vietnamese people. Putting Construction work and reclaiming the Scarborough shoals and at Mabini reef that is within the Philippine sovereign territorry are not provocation to you? I think you Chinese people specially you Gen. Wang Guanzhong should have a head examination or undergo a CT scan maybe your mother drop you when you were a baby and it only metastasized the tumor the blood clutting and the ceased in your head only now. Seek professional help before its to late for you and your people but make sure the first, second and third opinion is than abroad.

  3. Historically, nobody owns the whole South China Sea, not even China, based on their 9-line, which is not acceptable by some of their Asian neighbors. The recent ASEAN organization proclamation to follow the rule by UNCLOS, is the right approach. This process allows China’s EEZ neighbors properly demarcated, and exploit their own natural resources as needed with no infringement from their neighbors. China’s strategy makes them a hegemonic state by claiming more than 80% of the South China Sea, and building infra structure in the territory belonging to others, is destabilizing in deed. How this scenario evolves, should China persist in their strategy moving forward is anybody’s guess, but I doubt the Philippines, Vietnam and their allies will allow themselves as sitting duck and not respond in kind. I do hope that peace prevails for the good of all Asians, China and the world..