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Why China Wants Control Of The South China Sea

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A stunning $5.3 trillion in goods cross South China Sea every year, and as we previously explained, 190 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves sit below the ocean floor – enough to replace China’s natural gas imports for over a century – so it is hardly surprising that the world’s largest importer of oil wants control of such a critical region.

 

As Bloomberg illustrates in these 10 incredible graphics, everyone has a claim on the same territory and tensions are rising. “The Chinese believe they have the right to be a great power,” said Richard Bitzinger, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. “What we are seeing is a hardening of China’s stance about its place in the world.”

 

 

What’s at stake…

 

The Claims…

 

The Chaos…

 

As Bloomberg concludes,

The ambitions of China’s leaders don’t stop at the nine-dash line.

 

China’s ultimate long-term goal is to obtain parity with U.S. naval capacity in the Pacific,” said Willy Wo-Lap Lam, adjunct professor at the Centre for China Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. “This is a long-term proposition. At this stage the Chinese understand they don’t have the capacity to take on the U.S. head-on.”

 

China is testing the limits of America’s alliance relationships in Asia,” said Storey. “By pushing and probing and essentially showing that the U.S. isn’t willing to respond to these provocations, it is undermining those alliances and hence ultimately U.S. credibility and U.S. power over the long term.”

 

There are two schools of thought on the eventual outcome of China’s ascendancy, according to Rory Medcalf, director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney.

 

One argues that dominance of the South China Sea is an inevitable outcome of China’s economic and military expansion. The other says that China will have to curb its ambitions or risk provoking a conflict, even war, which could draw in the U.S.

 

It’s not possible to judge which scenario ends up proving right, said Medcalf. “The story is only beginning.”

 

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60 Comments on "Why China Wants Control Of The South China Sea"

  1. shooi dan tom on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 6:43 pm 

    It s about time we Chinese are doing
    something. White people killed the
    natives and took their land in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii,
    Polynesia Island, N America, S America,
    Falkland Islands……. We are learning. We are watching the Mexicans.
    They are taking over the US in a few
    years.

  2. Davy on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 7:27 pm 

    How about Tibet? I guess the Chinese brought happiness there! You Chinese are going to start killing each other in your destroyed portion of Asia when the food runs out and the mass mega cities depopulate into the dead countryside. I doubt you will make it much further than that. China will be a living hell soon and resemble a hellish place with red rivers, dust storms, and blankets of acrid smog.

  3. Toan Luc on Tue, 5th Aug 2014 12:51 am 

    China’s expansionist behavior did not start yesterday. In fact China was born with it. It is one of the are countries on Earth that was born from an act of stealing lands 2000+ years ago. The author was known as the bloody and cruel tyrant Shi-Huang-Di who also had intellectuals buried alive, books burnt, … millions slaves dead to built his Great Wall. Chinese rulers ever since copy him. Mao did very much the same now Xi seems to follow the path: Steal the whole South China Sea. If the world does not stop China on this, it will very soon live under the yoke of the extremely brutal Chinese dictatorship. Look at how Xi handles the former East Turkestan (Xin Jiang) and Tibet then you will have the picture of Xi’s touted “Chinese dream”.

  4. bob on Tue, 5th Aug 2014 2:47 am 

    “China is testing the limits of America’s alliance relationships in Asia,” said Storey. “By pushing and probing and essentially showing that the U.S. isn’t willing to respond to these provocations, it is undermining those alliances and hence ultimately U.S. credibility and U.S. power over the long term.”

    Test all you like. Our alliances are already time-tested and robust. However, if by “pushing and probing” the Chinese incidentally move our allies to spend more on their own defense and form stronger alliances among themselves, that suits us just fine.

    It’s interesting how perceptions change over time. Just a few years ago, the consensus was that the Chinese were masters of diplomacy. Now they look like idiots. My guess is that in twenty years or so, China will have much more to worry about than it does now, and many of the problems will be of its own making.

  5. johnny moses on Tue, 5th Aug 2014 3:13 am 

    I have never trusted the Chinese ! Greed! Now I’m a Viet Nam veteran and look whose side Vietnam is on! Stay strong U.S. Don’t let the Chinese have a thing! Japan,South Korea,Vietnam, Phillippines and Singapore, Allies Australia! Come on China we’re ready for you!Don’t mess with U.S.A.or our Allies!

  6. Davy on Tue, 5th Aug 2014 6:05 am 

    Bob, I have to agree with your view of China diplomatic and economic policy to rest of the world. They appear very smart over the last 10 years with continued achievements in avoiding international trouble spots. They have avoided being terrorist targets. Economically they are cornering much of the best remaining resources in the third world. Now we see a China militarily expanding and exerting themselves. There is always a point of diminishing returns with actions. The honeymoon eventually ends. China has come too far too fast to not run into major intractable issues. We now see China as the climate change driver. We now see China threatening war in the SCS with multiple other countries with reasonable and legitimate claims. We will see the third world rise up and turn against China with the cornering of the remaining resources in a globalized world at limits of growth facing diminishing returns. You can’t take an increasingly larger share of a shrinking pie and not upset someone. The same issue of limits of growth and diminishing returns are happening to China internally with resource, financial, and social issues. The next 5 years we will see China go through a shift from growth to stagnating growth, pollution out of control, financial system debt spiral, and social unrest from depressed export markets. China is the poison in the global punch that acts slow but eventually makes the global system very ill. China is TBTF and the global world cannot decouple from China. If the financial repression continues, energy can stay on a bumpy plateau, and a damaging geopolitical crisis is averted we still have a China in dangerous decline. China is out of control.

  7. tahnh on Tue, 5th Aug 2014 12:28 pm 

    It’s not matter what china wants. The sea in the South East Pacific region is not belong to china.The sea is in Viet Nam, and Philippines territories.
    U.S Navy present in South East Asia makes china up set, U.S not even in china territory, but china fishing and drilling inside the Exclusive Economic Zone(EEZ)which belong to Vietnam, and Philippines territories.
    china go to hell when all chinese nuclear arsenals are blow up.

  8. tahnh on Tue, 5th Aug 2014 12:38 pm 

    It’s not matter what china wants. The sea in South East Pacific region is not belong to china.The sea is in Viet Nam, and Philippines territories.
    U.S Navy present in South East Asia makes china up set, U.S not even in china territory, but china fishing and drilling inside the Exclusive Economic Zone(EEZ)which belong to Vietnam, and Philippines.
    china go to hell when all chinese nuclear arsenals are blow up.
    Midland china is a denting populations place, and where it must be end first.
    Tibetans, East Turkistans, Inner Mongolians, Manchurians keep fighting and prepare to take back your countries from Beijing.

  9. Harry Ho on Sun, 10th Aug 2014 10:39 am 

    The best summery I have ever seen.

    This article tell us why South China Sea are very critical and important us for generation.

    I will send to my friends

  10. Harry Ho on Sun, 10th Aug 2014 10:39 am 

    The best summery I have ever seen.

    This article tell us why South China Sea are very critical and important us for generation.

    I will send to my friends

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