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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. tai on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 2:33 pm 

    They are dreaming too much, they can have earth quake, smog & corruption.

  2. nvtncs on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 3:00 pm 

    Hope someone in DC is listening for the future of the world is not in Europe and in Israel but in Asia where China is threatening to upset the whole equation of delicate balance.
    The priority is not Europe or Israel or the Ukraine but China and what it plans are.
    We need a president who understands China’s intentions.

  3. nvtncs on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 3:04 pm 

    Hope someone in DC is listening, for the future of the world is not in Europe and in Israel but in Asia where China is threatening to upset the equation of delicate balance.
    The priority is not Europe or Israel or Ukraine but China and its plans.
    We need a president who understands China’s intentions.

  4. BrianO on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 4:50 pm 

    The USA lost hundreds of thousands of lives in the Pacific and SE Asia in WW2 to set up stable boarders and incidentally to save China’s ass, so we have a vested interest to ensure that China does not go on an expansionary adventure at the expense of other countries ( ie : Korea, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam and others ) Grow up China, you could gain more from peaceful trade with these countries than by aggressive seizure of territory. And don’t give the lame story about a 9 dash lie. It was never yours.

  5. andre puruganan on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 5:31 pm 

    Obama is too timid. As long as Obama is the president,America is going down the tubes.We need a Reagan to stand up against the chinese bully.

  6. CamelRider on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 5:43 pm 

    China’s intentions is mind boggling, all these will soon create a major conflict and lead to a major war, unless China become more sensible and realistic, But if there will be a war, due to China’s adamant position, I am sure, China will be pushed back in time …to the stone ages !

  7. Bhalanee on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 5:44 pm 

    It is the Obama’s return to Asia Pacific policy that creates all the conflicts in Asean region. it began with Singapore’s 60 year-dictator, Lee Kuan Yew, the notorious lapdog of America, came to US to call on US military into the region to control the SCS and followed by Hilary Clinton’s lie about the sea lane safety in SCS and calling China territorial islands in SCS as China ‘s claims – the lie that is being propagated by most US news media thereafter.
    Singapore’s think tanks such as Lee Kuan Yew’s institute continue to lie the Hillary Clinton’s lies in every incident and they are the only ones regularly used by US warmongers to try to pressure China to give up its territory such that US can maintain its super mob boss position in Asean for all to obey.

  8. CamelRider on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 5:45 pm 

    One can only hope, all the above maps are fictitious and misleading !

  9. bobinget on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 6:28 pm 

    China is no less desperate for all that oil and gas then are Vietnam, Japan, Korea or the Philippines.
    Apology to Plant for ignoring the China Sea in my litany of world wide conflicts (over oil).

    Note: no Islamic ‘Terrorists’ are mudding up this particular oil war. It’s all about good ole honest greed.
    Had it never occurred to all of these nations flaming each other that trade and natural resources could be shared?

  10. W. Chan on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 7:00 pm 

    If the U.S. can go all over the world to control its “National Interest”, why can’t China to do that even in its own “China Seas”?

  11. Sayaka on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 7:06 pm 

    Not quite! All that looks impressive, but the real reason is because China has overfished the East and South China seas to the point that there is hardly any fish for anyone to eat. They are now fishing as far away as South Africa for fish. China has a serious problem with sustaining its food supply. The Chinese practice exploitation, not conservation. You would think they would have learned something over the past 2100 years, since they had no fewer than 1832 famines since 108 B.C., but they are living on the edge with no dependable food supply, particularly from the sea, which they have severely depleted.

  12. delmonte on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 7:07 pm 

    America is controlled by MIC which needs war to make profits.
    Hillary is nothing but servant of MIC and Israel and started this lie about China claiming its own islands in the SCS where its fishermen were the ones who discovered these and later China’s government sent officers to survey, names and marked all the 230 islands.
    American imperialist is to control the SCS and contain China by lying and instigating China’s neighbors to claim China’s islands.
    But, Obama has not understood China. China has repeatedly told US that it does not like war but not afraid of war. News media reports like Bloomberg and this one are the typical propaganda to demonize China but at the same time, they awakened China to beef up its military to defend its territory which full support of 1.3 billion Chinese within and tens of millions overseas China. Repeatedly, 70 Chinese associations across US have been writing to US lawmakers to tell them about the truth and facts. But, these lawmakers are just the puppets of MIC and they themselves could not even service American citizens let alone speaking with fairness about this lies that Hillary started.

  13. Leo on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 7:10 pm 

    China is robbing other nations’ resources and territories.

    They must be stopped now before being too big to fail.

    Did anyone watch the “Little Shop of Horror”? The bigger the blood thirsty flower gets, the more it needs blood. Even, the dentist who fed the flower eventually ended up being swallowed by this flower.

    This flower is China.

  14. andreslatogan on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 7:18 pm 

    On the incursion of China on the territories of her neighbors, UN must already step in to mediate the complaint filed by the Philippine Government sometime last year against China but it’s disheartening to note that until now the arbitration process hasn’t started yet because China doesn’t honor the UN as the forum. This arrogance of China in not respecting the UN should be enough for UN to declare China in default and therein order them to vacate the territories they seized and respect the UNCLOS declaration but if China refuses then UN must wield the scepter of its power

  15. Observer on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 7:31 pm 

    90% of China’s water resources are polluted. China svcks!

  16. Davy on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 7:40 pm 

    Chan, who cares about the US? This is a China discussion. You sound like my kids blaming each other. The US is already the most hated country on earth. China will be there soon because it is consuming the world at the expense of others especially the third world. Wait until food and fuel is short in the third world because China has done its normal market cornering. Wait until china starts flexing its muscle to enforce its market cornering. What china is doing in the SCS is nothing more than muscle flexing. Any person with a normal intellect can see this sea is not China’s. It is the sea of all the nations in that area. There are currently arrangements and conventions for countries to solve these disputes. China has no interest in these conventions and arrangements because its muscle will not be a factor. As for the US causing problems in these disputes, well, what do you expect the US to do? China and Russia will not blink an eye at the opportunity to give the US a black eye. So, Chan, like Patton said “One asshole to another” so it goes with the US and China.

  17. GétTauKhua on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 8:09 pm 

    China, Russia doesn’t make anything. They just cheating and stealing to get ahead of others. With these behaviors They’ll never become a superpower .If China or Russia be a superpower that could be the end of this world.

  18. ChốngTauKhua on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 8:24 pm 

    Chína,Rusia doesn’t make anything . They’re just cheating and stealing to get ahead of the others.With their behaviors they’ll never become a superpower . If it’s happen could be the end of this world.

  19. Makati1 on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 8:29 pm 

    A few here are rational, and realistic. Most are Chinaphobes. The blustering US is nothing but hypocritical. What gives it the right to run the world? Nothing and no-one. Yet they are causing chaos everywhere.

    Davy, I beleive that you need to rethink that ‘most hated country in the world’ idea. The US is working hard to be number one in that area also. But then, if you drink the DC cool aid, you would never know. There is no truth in US ‘news’. If you took a world-wide poll now, I think you would see that the US is the most hated by a wide, and growing, margin.

    As for China taking resources, the US has been doing it, with bloodshed, for the last 100 years. China uses USDs to buy resources at discount prices. They don’t go in with the CIA/military and wreck the country in the process. They build infrastructure and trade. The US builds hate.

    So, yes, there are problems between countries here and China will prevail. They have been the dominant country in Asia for thousands of years. Nothing new here. There is a new interest in learning Mandarin in Philippine schools, just as they learned English when the US was their master.

    If the US stayed out of it, the small countries would come to some agreement with China, without bloodshed, but that does not sell weapons for the MIC.

  20. Bro on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 9:07 pm 

    Its only the UNCLOS have the answer to this problem. All countries around SCSea must follow the UNCLOS 200nm EEZone.

  21. rod concepcion on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 10:07 pm 

    It’s rather too late for China to think about gaining military superiority. It is way behind the U.S. in this race whose continuing presence in East Asia creates a strong deterrence against Chinese territorial ambitions. All that small countries in East Asia have to do against China’s sea bullying are to stand strong and united to discourage China.

  22. rod concepcion on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 10:19 pm 

    China’s motive is where to get food to feed its billion people. This Malthusian theory explains that as populations grow bigger and bigger there is not enough space to produce food. So, it shifts its focus on the seas for more foods and resources at the expense of small countries of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Southeast Asian countries.

  23. Stanimal on Sun, 3rd Aug 2014 10:19 pm 

    “andre puruganan” comment about needing a “Reagan” is ignorant about the most unpatriotic, immoral and unethical president the U.S. has ever had.

    It was the firing of the union FAA Air Traffic Controllers that began the off-shoring and out-sourcing of American jobs to China. Reagan not following through on the Carter Energy Policy and removing the solar panels from the White House roof that now has China leading the world in the desirable “green” technology sector. Reagan’s nearly tripling of the deficit; taking the country from being the #1 creditor nation in the world to the #1 debtor one in less than 8 years, that now has China possessing over 1 trillion $’s of U.S. Treasury Bonds.

    It can now be said that Reagan and his administration of most convicted Felons and others who admired the C.C.P. form of government.

  24. Colin on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 12:20 am 

    USA, the imperialist running dog, sticking its face where it not belong. China is old culture of 5000 years, loved and respect in Asia. China will work its disagreements with the neighbors and not require USA. USA and its whelp Nippon want to make war, but China will finish, you cannot wrap fire in paper. USA is past, China is future and will lead the world and bring peace to world.

  25. nestor on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 12:26 am 

    everybody has its own version and partiality on the issue of south china sea problem created by CHina. China should stop bullying her neighbors and must stay where they are now, else even if you have billion of people that you disguise as muscle,I can assure you that not even 3 percent of that population favors what China is doing now. It will be a great catastrophe for the world if something will get out of hand and war will flare up anytime before year 2025.Affected countries might throw their hatred to the Chinese communities in their territory and civil war will follow. Will you imagine those peaceful Chinese in the Philippines to be the absorber of hate from the local pilipinos who will be greatly offended by what China is doing
    not only in the Philippines it will happen coz it already happened in Vietnm when they forcefuly put the oil rig in Vietnam shoreline.It shows how belligerent CHina is,they don’t show any respect to anyone,maybe because they seem to be invincible of their new economic upstart. Chinese cannot be trusted wholly not like the US ally. Chinese are showing the world who they are now how much more when they become a really forceto reckon with. That’s why their eyes is small because God doesn’t want them to see large property because of their character to sieze territory that are not theirs legally. So CHINA eyes should be shut off …

  26. Stanley on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 12:32 am 

    Makati1 is just as stupid as stupid goes. Chinese history is full of wars and genocide. China is made of many small countries. It’s not a dominant country for many thousand years. The Qing from the north was not Han. They conquered China several hundred years ago. They massacared Han and treat Han like shit. They were even worse than Japanese in WWII Empires comes and goes …

  27. GregT on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 12:44 am 

    TPTB could care less about national interests. The goal is global domination, not for any particular country, but for themselves. The US was infiltrated a long time ago, TPTB have no interest in the American people, or any other people for that matter. We are all nothing less than cannon fodder.

  28. Rod Hilario on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 1:12 am 

    It is far better to have a world policed by the US than a world policed by China or Russia!!!!

  29. John on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 1:15 am 

    How many atomic bomb needed to wipe out China?

  30. Arthur on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 1:38 am 

    I don’t think that China is morally one iota better than the US. We are living in a darwinian, amoral world, where everybody tries to dominate the rest. Yesterday it was Europe, today it is the US, tomorrow it is going to be somebody else. Having said that, it needs to be understood that the US is indeed exceptional to the tune that since 1913 (capture of the national purse, the Fed) it has been colonized/subjugated by an ethnic group that is utterly hostile towards the group they own for a century now: Euro-America. They succesfully manouvered the US into a war against Europe, and won it, because they allied themselves with the worst criminals in world history, the USSR, but was at the time run by the same people as are running the US since 1913 and that was decisive.

    However, the US was in recent history defeated by third rate countries like Vietnam and Iraq. And the contribution to the victory over Germany was minimal, when the US showed up in 1944, when the show was already almost over.,

    So if the US zionised elite thinks that they can run the world, they are going to be in for a nasty surprise. The tragedy for Euro-America (and the rest of the world) is, that the reckless elite is going to try it anyway. It is the dna level messianic ‘calling’ of the self-chosen to do so. They think they are almost there, and they are not voluntarily going to abdicate.

    Houston, we have got a problem.

  31. Phoc Que on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 2:48 am 

    War is the only solution to this Chinese aggression motivated & driven by Chinese oil greed, Chinese natural resource greed,Chinese trade greed, Chinese fishing greed. I don’t care if 2-BILLION greedy Chinese are killed & dies. War is the only solution to DIFFUSE this Chinese greed! KILL the SNAKE by cutting its poisonous head!

  32. Norm on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 3:07 am 

    who are those Obama bashers? ‘America needs a president that …..’ How turn the mirror, to the citizens? ‘America needs a middle class that isn’t fat dumb stupid ignorant hillbillies who sit around on their lard butts eating Big Mac’s and bashing Obama’.

    America is home to the stupidest fattest laziest people on the planet. THEY are the problem, not Obama. Its so funny watching their trailer trash existence. They think, ‘when Obama gets out in 2 years, and a republican that Limbaugh approves of wins the white house, then i will receive 25 million dollars in a UPS parcel, and I will become skinny and smart, and my trailer will be replaced by a 24,000 sq ft mansion, as soon as we kick Obama out of the White House, because Limbaugh told me so on the AM radio.

    LOL stupid fat ugly middle class is what’s interesting, who cares about Obama.

    The US will go the way of its citizens, stupid, fat, lazy, destructive, and tossing everything valuable into the dump. As a natural result, China will rule, thanks to the fat stupid EX-middle class of America.

  33. j a on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 4:02 am 

    Southeast Asian Sea*, not South China Sea. Use geographical nomenclature that does not cause divisiveness.

  34. A straighter Talker on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 4:44 am 

    I hate to see people telling lie in this forum, and I can’t wait to see the world war 3 break out between China and whoever on this earth. People trying to make up propaganda and provocation.

  35. peakyeast on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 4:49 am 

    It comes as a surprise to me that Taiwan is just as unreasonable as China when it comes to sharing the SCS.

    To me it looks like that when China takes over Taiwan it will consider its claim to the SCS twice as strong?

    I guess Taiwan already considers themselves a part of china by having almost 100% coinciding maritime borders.

  36. Jeff LEE on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 5:44 am 

    A mighty nukes USSR had to gave up her power to a will of people in small countries of Eastern Europe.
    Democracy in modern day is the answer to China. A miles stone learning from Eastern Europe where small countries broke away from USSR and went to NATO for membership.
    China wants the US to stay out , so it could be free to bully its neighbors. There is a lot at stake here. The South China waterways is used by a lot of countries for trade and commerce. Once this bully China controls and will dictate who is allowed to use it and will hold the entire world hostage. That why last late of 20 century, China wanted to used force to annex Taiwan so they can legitimate claiming 9 dash line after that, But Pres Clinton had hold them down. And now China forcing another way around with the same GREED, SHAMELESS, ARROGANCE, DECEIT and THIEVES CHINA.
    When Mao was a nobody. On July 16, 1936, Mao Zedong made it very clear that China should heartily help Taiwan become an independent nation, if Taiwanese wanted it, after the war against Japan. Why did Mao say that? Because he did not consider Taiwan a “lost territory” of China. In other words, historically, Taiwan had never been a part of the real China!

    Nowadays even with NUKES Power, China still a MIXED BAG ETHNICS country where all hateful ethnics force to live till a day China lost a war with foreign army, then Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Manchuria, Kyrgystan, Kazakhstan, HongKong, North Korea, Taiwan, ethnics will raise their Flag for independents just like USSR. China’s Ties With South Korea: A Snake Wrapped Around a Rabbit?
    US president noted that “Detente without deterrence leads to appeasement, and deterrence without detente leads to unnecessary confrontation.”
    So US will help small countries in SE Asia to TALK equally to GREED, SHAMELESS, ARROGANCE, DECEIT and THIEVES CHINA.
    By looking at China pres. Mr. Xi, I believed he personality is a good man. And he will lead China to be a peaceful power in this 21 century.

  37. Jeff LEE on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 5:53 am 

    A mighty nukes USSR had to gave up her power to a will of people in small countries of Eastern Europe.
    Democracy in modern day is the answer to China. A miles stone learning from Eastern Europe where small countries broke away from USSR and went to NATO for membership.
    China wants the US to stay out , so it could be free to bully its neighbors. There is a lot at stake here. The South China waterways is used by a lot of countries for trade and commerce. Once this bully China controls and will dictate who is allowed to use it and will hold the entire world hostage. That why last late of 20 century, China wanted to used force to annex Taiwan so they can legitimate claiming 9 dash line after that, But Pres Clinton had hold them down. And now China forcing another way around with the same GREED, SHAMELESS, ARROGANCE, DECEIT and THIEVES CHINA.
    When Mao was a nobody. On July 16, 1936, Mao Zedong made it very clear that China should heartily help Taiwan become an independent nation, if Taiwanese wanted it, after the war against Japan. Why did Mao say that? Because he did not consider Taiwan a “lost territory” of China. In other words, historically, Taiwan had never been a part of the real China!

    Nowadays even with NUKES Power, China still a MIXED BAG ETHNICS country where all hateful ethnics force to live till a day China lost a war with foreign army, then Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Manchuria, Kyrgystan, Kazakhstan, HongKong, North Korea, Taiwan, ethnics will raise their Flag for independents just like USSR. China’s Ties With South Korea: A Snake Wrapped Around a Rabbit?
    US president noted that “Detente without deterrence leads to appeasement, and deterrence without detente leads to unnecessary confrontation.”
    So US will help small countries in SE Asia to TALK equally to GREED, SHAMELESS, ARROGANCE, DECEIT and THIEVES CHINA.
    By looking at China pres. Mr. Xi, I believed he personality is a good man. And he will lead China to be a peaceful power in this 21 century. And all China posters in this articles please let him do his job. Your opinions just a fail arrogance individual. No use.

  38. Miguel Chamintes on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 7:08 am 

    China has claimed the South China Sea (SCS)since 1947 by publishing 11-dash line around the SCS and East China Sea. No one knew the resources of oil and natural gas at that time! This article is base on author’s bias opinion not base on facts!

  39. Davy on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 7:23 am 

    Jeff, it will be a few years before China can project a “Blue Water Navy”. It may never happen because their economy is set to decline rapidly with their debt spiral and numerous other systematic problems from demographics, pollution, food insecurity, energy growth stagnation, to wealth transfer inducing social instability. China has done an excellent job from its repression and quiet political self-interest policies. You will never see China side on what is “good” only what is good for China. They are whores. No worse than the rest but current world opinion makes them out to be more than what they should be seen as. China is destroying the global system they depend on and the ecological system will all depend on. Again not much different from the rich west “except” the rich west is in decline economically with a declining population. The third world treats China as one of its own when China is cornering the world resources at their expense. You can be sure the rich west will still get resources. It will be the friends and brothers of China that will be raped and pillaged by China. China is the poison pill the world will swallow eventually. This could change with a series of wars and conflicts which I fear are in the works. “IF” these conflicts are contained it will still be China that will take the global system down with continued growth or collapse. China is a critical node now so they are TBTF. This is also true of Europe, ME, US, and Russia “But” China is the poison in the punch that will sooner or later bring on a collapse “IF” these other events remain repressed.

  40. RickT on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 7:33 am 

    Hey, that’s not fair, we Americans want control of South China Sea!

  41. JuanP on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 7:39 am 

    Peakyeast, China’s and Taiwan’s claims are almost identical because they are based on a common history. Those are the waters historically controlled by Imperial China for centuries up to the 20th century, then Taiwan and China split and both claim what was the traditional Chinese waters of the South China Sea.
    I think it is only a matter of time before China takes those islands back for military strategic reasons, unless TEOTWAWKI interferes with their plans. China’s game is a waiting game, and they think time is on their side. I don’t think they factor the collapse of BAU everywhere, together with their expectations of Western and American collapse.

  42. pctech on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 7:42 am 

    Do all the war mongers here really want WWIII? It won’t take many nukes exploding to contaminate vast areas of the world. What’s happening around the world is the race for what’s left of the world’s resources. It’s not likely to be pretty!

  43. Harry Ho on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 8:43 am 

    CHINA’S AMBITIONS:

    We knows CHINA want #1 GAS,#2OIl#3TRADING ROUTES #4FISHING RIGHTS already.

    However this reports clearly showed the GROSS NUMBERS INVOLVED.
    WORLD SHOULD KNOW WHAT CHINA’S INTENSION WERE. WE SHOULD SPREAD TO OUR FRIENDS SO THAT THEY WILL TAKE PROPER ACTION.
    YOU WANT LIVE LIKE TIBETAN OR MONGOLIAN or even CHINESE OWN PEOPLE.

    We want freedom of speech,freedom of trade,fair trade,not controlled economy by ROTTEN BRIBE-LOADED COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT.

    BRICS will not work,useless. BRICS NATION WILL BE KILLED BY CHINESE GREED as THEY WERE SUFFERING NOW.
    CHINA’S BUBBLE are BURSTING. POWER STRUGGLES
    BETWEEN Xi and KO are devastating CENTRAL COMMUNIST COMMAND.

  44. John on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 9:29 am 

    It is time to teach the Chinese a lesson — just nuke them!

  45. Drilly on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 9:55 am 

    how can Taiwan make a claim? China claims them. Burnei, Phillippines and Malaysia seem to be the only reasonable claims. Vietnam claims too much too. this is so interesting. i cant wait to see the final result of it all.

  46. Fulton J. Waterloo on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 10:09 am 

    COLIN: what dope are you smoking? The Japanese Navy would DESTROY the Chinese in a one-on-one; let alone a U.S./Japanese combined force…

  47. HK Jonus on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 10:40 am 

    The Chinese are moving forward into the 21rst century with a plan and a mindset of the 20th. They have so much more to gain through peace, but are hell bent on pain.

  48. David on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 11:04 am 

    US should help China and in China’s side for South China Sea disputes for justice sake.
    The nine section line was declared in 1930’s in the South China Sea by Republic of China (the Nanjing Government) before People’s Republic of China established in 1950. The islets/shoals within the nine section line were also claimed by China at the same time. In 1947, Taiwan (Republic of China now at Taiwan ) based on the nine section line and sent government official to stage, administer and control the Taiping Island, which is the largest and the only island with fresh water among the Spratly Islands in the middle of South China Sea (you may Google search on “Taiping Island”). Both Vietnam and Philippine did not raise any objections and protests at that time either when the nine section line was declared or when the islet/shoals were claimed by China. Taiwan (part of China) is still effectively administering and controlling the Taiping Island. So the nine section line has become the conventional and historical boundary with legal base for so many years. The UNCLOS/EEZ was established in 1982 and was not designed to change any existing boundaries. Philippine and Vietnam should respect China’s EEZ of those islets/shoals within the nine section line and should not abuse the UNCLOS to break the existing boundary and invade China’s territory.

    Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/r-china-says-can-build-what-it-wants-on-south-china-sea-isles-2014-04#ixzz39RJruumr

  49. John on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 11:28 am 

    For the same reasons the US control the entire world.

  50. Yanki Can on Mon, 4th Aug 2014 11:54 am 

    An educated world is a better, peaceful world. If you draw the lines according to the Treaty of Paris, 1898. You immediately know who is the real aggessor and the real big bully. Not surprisingly, when the Treaty was made, it seemed that both Spain and USA deliberately avoided the Spratly Islands. It’s clear that at that time the Spratly Islands were not Spain’s (Philippines’).

    Don’t beleive this? Draw the map by yourself on Google Earth to see by yourself!

    1935 CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
    Date: 14 May 1935

    ARTICLE I
    THE NATIONAL TERRITORY
    Section 1. The Philippines comprises all the territory ceded to the United States by the Treaty of Paris concluded between the United States and Spain on the tenth day of December, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight, the limits which are set forth in Article III of said treaty, together with all the islands embraced in the treaty concluded at Washington between the United States and Spain on the seventh day of November, nineteen hundred, and the treaty concluded between the United States and Great Britain on the second day of January, nineteen hundred and thirty, and all territory over which the present Government of the Philippine Islands exercises jurisdiction.
    ——–
    TREATY OF PEACE BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND SPAIN; DECEMBER 10, 1898

    Article III.
    Spain cedes to the United States the archipelago known as the Philippine Islands, and comprehending the islands lying within the following line:
    A line running from west to east along or near the twentieth parallel of north latitude, and through the middle of the navigable channel of Bachi, from the one hundred and eighteenth (118th) to the one hundred and twenty-seventh (127th) degree meridian of longitude east of Greenwich, thence along the one hundred and twenty seventh (127th) degree meridian of longitude east of Greenwich to the parallel of four degrees and forty five minutes (4 [degree symbol] 45′]) north latitude, thence along the parallel of four degrees and forty five minutes (4 [degree symbol] 45′) north latitude to its intersection with the meridian of longitude one hundred and nineteen degrees and thirty five minutes (119 [degree symbol] 35′) east of Greenwich, thence along the meridian of longitude one hundred and nineteen degrees and thirty five minutes (119 [degree symbol] 35′) east of Greenwich to the parallel of latitude seven degrees and forty minutes (7 [degree symbol] 40′) north, thence along the parallel of latitude of seven degrees and forty minutes (7 [degree symbol] 40′) north to its intersection with the one hundred and sixteenth (116th) degree meridian of longitude east of Greenwich, thence by a direct line to the intersection of the tenth (10th) degree parallel of north latitude with the one hundred and eighteenth (118th) degree meridian of longitude east of Greenwich, and thence along the one hundred and eighteenth (118th) degree meridian of longitude east of Greenwich to the point of beginning.The United States will pay to Spain the sum of twenty million dollars ($20,000,000) within three months after the exchange of the ratifications of the present treaty.
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  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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”.

  54. 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.

  55. 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!

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

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

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  60. 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