China rushes surveillance ships to islands claimed by Vietnam – PTI | Jul 3, 2012, 06.53PM IST
BEIJING: Amid rising tensions between China and its neighbours over the disputed territories in the South China Sea, Beijing today sent four surveillance ships to the area also claimed by Vietnam after spotting a foreign fishing vessel there.
The ships reached the Nansha islands, at the centre of the disputed areas, this morning when radar suggested the presence of a foreign fishing vessel nearby.
According to the team, Chinese patrol staff immediately broadcast a statement in Chinese, English and Vietnamese to proclaim sovereignty of the Xisha Islands and Nansha Islands also claimed by Vietnam, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Yesterday, the team conducted a formation practice near Yongshu Reef in the South China Sea. The two-hour practice session was fulfilled smoothly but a helicopter scheduled to take part did not do so, due to adverse weather.
The ships reached Huayang Reef, a coral reef in the Nansha Islands, on Sunday and anchored northeast of Yongshu Reef on Sunday evening.
Since taking off from south China’s coastal city of Sanya on June 26, the team has sailed more than 2,000 nautical miles.
China rushed the ships to the islands after Vietnam passed a new law in its parliament asserting the islands are part of its Exclusive Economic Zone, (EEZ).
China immediately protested and summoned Vietnamese Ambassador here and conveyed its resentment over the move by Hanoi.
Vietnam referred to the islands Spratly islands and sent two Russian-made Su-27 fighters to conduct a “patrol flight” over the disputed islands.
China has a similar dispute going with Philippines on another island.
ICCR Notes :
We expect that the next series of settlers (perhaps luxury island buyers fisheries investors etc..) will be visiting China’s ancient territories soon once those fortress-bases are established. Make haste plutocrats of China, there is no better way to show loyalty to the Fatherland than to establish viable colonies in China’s peaceful and beautiful South China Sea territories.
China vows to oppose military provocation – Posted: 29 June 2012
BEIJING: China said on Thursday it would resolutely oppose any military provocation in its territorial waters, remarks which appeared to be directed at the United States, Vietnam and the Philippines.
China’s military has established routine naval patrols in the South China Sea, “indisputable territory” of the nation and a matter of “national sovereignty,” defence ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said.
“We will resolutely oppose any military provocations,” Geng said in statements posted on his ministry’s website.
“The determination and will of China’s military to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity is unwavering.”
Geng’s remarks came as the United States launched the largest-ever “Rim of the Pacific” naval exercises in Hawaii, involving 22 nations, including the US, India, Russia, Australia and the Philippines.
China was not invited to participate or observe the exercises.
Tensions in the South China Sea have intensified recently with Vietnam and the Philippines both accusing China of increasingly flexing its military muscle in the region, despite a pledge from all claimants to avoid actions that could further stoke tensions.
Both the Philippines and Vietnam have also sought to shore up relations with the United States to counter China’s increasingly vocal assertions over the region that also includes key international shipping routes.
Geng downplayed the US-sponsored multi-national military exercises, but voiced concerns over Washington’s recent announcement to deploy more of its naval forces to the Pacific Ocean.
“Frankly speaking, we do not believe that this (the multilateral exercises) is such a big matter and it is not worth being upset about,” Geng, who was speaking at a press briefing that was only open to Chinese journalists, said.
But “deploying more military forces in the Asia-Pacific goes against the world’s pursuit of peace, development and cooperation, as well as trust among nations in the region,” he said.
The Philippines said on Thursday it was committed to “defuse the tension” with China over a disputed shoal, despite the continued presence of Chinese ships in the area.
“While we continue to assert our sovereignty over (the shoal) and sovereign rights over the waters surrounding it, we are committed to defusing the tension in the area through diplomatic discussions and consultations,” Department of Foreign Affairs Raul Hernandez said in a statement.
“We urge everyone to refrain from making statements that would tend to re-escalate the situation in the area,” the statement added.
China says it has sovereign rights to the whole South China Sea, believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits. The sea is also claimed in whole or part by Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
ICCR Notes :
Taiwan = part of China (autonomous provincial rule and unity is better than becoming a puppet of the West), besides Taiwan could be the spiritual keeper of the possibility of a revived Taoist Ecclesiarchy in China (instead of all non-native faiths)
Vietnam = breaking ancient territorial treaties after change of govt. post WW2 (before WW2 if Vietnam tried to say this the Qing Emperor would have clamped down HARD, China is stronger than if even has been in history, why claim now except on the back of USA who is more China’s friend than enemy?)
Brunei = non-entity microstate even in consideration against Borneo Island alone.
Malaysia = apartheid state, extremely corrupt (has oppressed local Chinese populations tremendously via psychological warfare perhaps if rumours are correct, even lightly poisoned or sabotaged water supplies, built poisonous industries like cyanide using mines and radioactive material treatment plants where large Chinese populations exist etc..)
Phillipines = a Puerto Rico on the wrong side claiming near 1000 and 600 kms outside of EEZ that were never contested before WW2 (ally with your immediate neighbours and keep the territorial claims ackbowledged over centures not a WW2 . . . ! not countries 1000s of kilometres away!)
China should build that Oceanic Great Wall with a ‘string of pearls’ series of Naval Fortresses funded by billionaires – and yet still allow freedom of navigation to all non-military ships as per the law of the sea, though building on Chinese sovereign territory would be illegal. Oil and gas are already finished as energy paradigms and China should waste no time developing plasma, tesla or rechargeables based around solar.
China slams Japan’s move over Diaoyu Islands – by Yang Jingjie (Global Times) – 11:14, March 28, 2012
China Tuesday condemned Japan’s registration of one of the four islands near the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea as its national asset, slamming Tokyo’s move as “unlawful and invalid.”
“Any unilateral move surrounding the Diaoyu Islands and its adjacent islets taken by Japan is unlawful and invalid, and cannot change the fact that the islands belong to China,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said.
“China will continue to take necessary measures to firmly safeguard sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands and the affiliated isles,” Hong said, reiterating that the Diaoyu Islands and other affiliated isles have been an inherent part of Chinese territory since ancient times, and China holds indisputable sovereignty over them.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura announced Monday that one of the four islands near the Diaoyu Islands had been registered as a national asset by Tokyo.
Japanese officials said the registration is unlikely to be applied to the three other islands because “they are owned by civilians,” the Kyodo News Agency reported. Last August, Tokyo placed 23 uninhabited islands under state control, but the four islands near the Diaoyu Islands were exempted out of consideration for China, Kyodo added.
Liu Jiangyong, a deputy director of the Institute of International Studies at Tsinghua University, told the Global Times that Japan’s move is part of its recent efforts to further demonstrate its territorial claims in the area.
“It can also be viewed as a probing activity to test Beijing’s reaction, as Japan might try the same trick to register other islands in the area as its state assets in the future,” Liu said.
The latest move came after Tokyo named 39 isolated, uninhabited islands earlier this month, including some of the Diaoyu Islands, which already drew strong objections from China. On the following day, China’s State Oceanic Administration released standard names and descriptions of the Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated isles.
On March 16, a Chinese maritime surveillance fleet consisting of two patrol vessels arrived in waters near the Diaoyu Islands for a regular patrol, but was followed by a Japan Coast Guard patrol ship. Despite tensions, Liu said territorial disputes between China and Japan are still manageable.
“We might witness more confrontations between maritime units of the two countries in the waters near the Diaoyu Islands due to reinforced surveillance efforts by both sides, but the use of force is unlikely,” Liu said.
Xu Tianran and agencies contributed to this story
Ishihara’s shenanigans continue – Updated: 2012-07-05 08:15 – by Yin Xiaoliang ( China Daily)
Over the weekend, Shintaro Ishihara, the governor of Tokyo, announced that he would advertize his campaign to “purchase” China’s Diaoyu Islands in the New York Times.
Since the right-wing politician announced in April that his city prefecture was negotiating with the Japanese “owner” of the Diaoyu Islands in the hope of “buying them by the end of this year”, he has collected 1.3 billion Japanese yen ($16.34 million) for his campaign.
With his ridiculous campaign, Ishihara has attempted to take advantage of anti-China sentiment in Japan to boost his political reputation and solicit more support. He said he planned to form his new party.
In so doing, Ishihara is obviously promoting Japanese “ownership” of the islands. Japan calls the islands which it illegally annexed from China, its “inherent territory”. It even stubbornly claims that there is no dispute over its sovereignty. This stance has been widely upheld in Japanese textbooks and the Japanese media and seriously misled Japanese public opinion about the ownership of the Diaoyu Islands. The historical and legal evidence proves that the Diaoyu Islands have been China’s territory since ancient times.
Actually Ishihara is just trying to stand out in the domestic political struggle by making use of China and Japan’s territorial dispute over the Diaoyu Islands. Ishihara’s farce has created trouble for the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, which is not adept at diplomacy and embattled at home.
On Monday the DPJ’s Ichiro Ozawa and his supporters resigned from the party in protest at a sales tax hike. Ozawa is known as the “shadow shogun” because of the considerable power and influence he wields behind the scenes. Ozawa said he would form a new party, which might be a heavy blow to the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and may lead to a lower house election this summer.
The consumption tax bill that would double the rate to 10 percent by 2015, which was submitted to the House of Representatives by Noda’s cabinet, has already divided the DPJ. And the party has been heavily criticized for its handling of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis and Japan’s battered economy following the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. So if a lower house election is held, it’s hard to say whether the DPJ will stay in power.
Ishihara sees the changing political landscape in Japan as a chance to make political gains. It is now much more difficult to find major differences between the two major political parties and Ishihara is seeking to push himself to the forefront of Japanese politics with his shenanigans.
As a notorious representative of Japan’s right-wing, Ishihara has issued irresponsible remarks about Sino-Japanese relations on many occasions. But his campaign to “buy” the Diaoyu Islands threatens to hijack Japan’s diplomacy toward China and is casting a shadow over bilateral ties.
However, while winning support from extremist Japanese politicians, Ishihara’s provocative campaign has also encountered opposition from more sensible Japanese politicians. Uichiro Niwa, Japanese ambassador to China, warned that the implementation of Ishihara’s plan will result in a profound crisis in Sino-Japanese relations. He said Japanese government should not allow decades of efforts to improve ties between the two countries be ruined because of Ishihara’s political ambitions.
But despite the fact that the China-friendly forces in Japan are being marginalized, we should also not be excessively pessimistic about the prospects for Sino-Japanese ties. The growing interdependence between the two countries means Japan will return to a rational stance in its dealings with China at some point.
With the continuous rise of China’s economic power since the start of the 21st century, East Asia has witnessed a never-before-seen era in which China and Japan are both big powers in the region. Both countries should looked at the other’s economic and social development in a rational way and defuse mutual structural contradictions to forge a “strategically reciprocal” harmonious relationship. Politicians from both countries should strive to handle the Diaoyu Islands dispute more cautiously when the two countries celebrate the 40th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral diplomatic ties.
The author is a researcher with the Institute of Japan Studies, under the Tianjin-based Nankai University. (China Daily 07/05/2012 page9)
ICCR Notes :
Diaoyo could become a ‘Monaco’ of sorts (perhaps a Principality in preparation for re-Umperialisation of China?) with Chinese characteristics. The above organisation has sent interest in buying the Diaoyu Islands from Yilan county of Taiwan Province, People’s Republic of China for the specific cultural purpose of reviving the Dragon-Throne of the Imperium Sinensis. Please note the comminique from the Council of Regency to the rightful owner below :
We believe that Ishihara will be disappointed in this illegal claim, and that the bid will go to ICCR or a suitably deserving party as the CPPCC deems fit. ICCR’s work to revive the Imperium of a nation 66.8 times larger than Japan is far more important than the Democratic Party of Japan’s attempt at neo-colonial activities especially when the atrocities and holocausts of WW2 have not yet been atoned for.
China urges mutual trust with Japan as survey shows negative attitudes (People’s Daily Online) 08:42, June 21, 2012
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei at a regular press briefing. (File photo/ Foreign Ministry of China)
BEIJING, June 21 (People’s Daily Online) — A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Wednesday urged China and Japan to enhance mutual trust as a recent survey reveals negative attitudes between the people of the two countries.
Spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a regular press conference when asked to comment on the result of the survey.
The survey, jointly sponsored by the Chinese English newspaper, China Daily, and Genron NPO, a Japanese think tank, shows 84 percent of ordinary Japanese people harbor negative attitudes toward China, while the proportion of Chinese people that have a negative impression of Japan also remains high. China and Japan should observe the principles of the four political documents signed between the two countries and safeguard the healthy and stable development of bilateral ties, said Hong.
The four political documents, namely the Sino-Japanese Joint Statement, the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, the Sino-Japanese Joint Declaration and the Sino-Japanese Joint Statement on Advancing Strategic and Mutually Beneficial Relations, serve as the bedrock for developing bilateral relations.
“The two countries should try their best to do everything that contributes to bilateral mutual trust and firmly oppose anything that damages mutual trust,” he said.
China hopes the people of our two countries will improve their attitudes toward each other, so to consolidate the social foundation of bilateral relations, said the spokesman.
ICCR Notes :
The above shows the short memories and lack of national pride on at least 2 sides. Then the insecurity, turncoat invitation of foreign forces into the ASRAN region, and lack of ASEAN oriented approach (not so much) and a helplessness to allow being ‘led’ by Western powers which hhave turned on former allies and exhibited a lack of ethics. You don’t crawl to a colonial power that wanted to colonise your country without showing a very corrupted lack of a healthy sense of nationalism. China in general has not tried to colonise and only claims territories that were acceptable during the pre-1911 era before WW2 broke out. If WW2 did not break out, the same territories would remain under Chinese control and China would still not be interested in harrassing anyone.
What the various parties are doing is profiting off WW2 which has also seen the same illegal claims nations being abused by Western or Japanese powers in WW2. This is a poor showing by everyone claiming pre-WW2 dominions obviously agreed upon. China gains the moral high ground here and should regard the pawn-mentality types appropriately as well as ‘retaliate’ with equally ‘peaceful’ games in Central America. No hard feelings, ‘just returning the favour’, could well be better for ensuring a multipolar world, something the whole world would be pleased to see. Do not talk about provocation or ‘worry’, but take charge by being ‘peaceful’ and ‘navigating’ in Central and South America.
Japan and South Korea can continue embarrassing themselves by holding meaningless wargames which only beget similar war games in either coasts of Central and South America.
First Sino-Vietnam expressway expected to open in 2013 (Xinhua) 08:09, June 11, 2012
KUNMING, June 10 (Xinhua) — The first expressway linking southwest China’s Yunnan Province and Vietnam will open to traffic next year, local authorities confirmed Sunday.
The 600-km journey from Kunming, provincial capital of Yunnan, to Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, will be reduced to six to seven hours from 12-plus hours, according to the provincial communication department of Yunnan.
China and Vietnam will be connected by expressway once construction on a 250-km expressway is finished in Vietnam, and linking the countries via expressway will greatly reduce transportation costs and boost the regional economy.
China and Vietnam started upgrading local expressways and roads to connect the cross-border expressway in 2008 and 2009, respectively, the department said.
The expressway is part of Yunnan’s Bridgehead Strategy, which aims to build a social and economic corridor toward South Asia and Southeast Asia. The mountainous province borders Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.
Three other cross-border highways leading to Thailand, Myanmar and India are also under construction.
ICCR Notes :
Let there be a neo-Imperial renaisance in the whole Asian region . . . a brighter future for mankind and the planet.
Delayed apology, delayed justice (People’s Daily Online) 16:16, June 21, 2012
After the U.S. Senate passed a bill to apologize for the “Chinese Exclusion Act” on Oct. 6, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives also passed a bill on June 18, formally apologizing for the Act.
This is a delayed justice. The U.S. Congress had voted through the “Chinese Exclusion Act” in 1882 to restrict the rights of Chinese in the United States and prohibit them entering the state, which is extremely rare in the history of the world and also a great shame to the United States which has been flaunting the human rights. The world has waited for 130 years to hear the apology from the United States.
At the beginning of the 19th century, there were not too many Chinese living in the United States. Because of the construction of railroads, a large number of Chinese workers began entering the United States. To the Chinese workers, it was reasonable and legitimate to enter the country to seek a livelihood under the legal proceedings of China and the United States. To the United States, it urgently needed foreign laborers to develop the western region. It can be said that the Chinese had participated in a mutually beneficial cooperation.
These Chinese had made great contribution to the development and prosperity of the United States but were heavily discriminated against when the country entered the economic downturn. The whites shouted the slogan that “do not give Chinese any job opportunity” and the Chinese Exclusion Act was finally passed in 1882. The shadow of the Act had covered on the head of overseas Chinese for many years.
The founding principle of the United States is that all men are equal, which has become a national faith and moral standard for the country to make propaganda and education in the world. However, beautiful words should be proven with practical action to win the genuine respect of the international community.
Relative to the beautiful ideal of natural human rights, the actual situation in the United States was not so satisfactory. Although the United States established the democratic republican system, the African slave trade was not suppressed; instead it became even more rampant along with the development of cotton cultivation in southern area. Although the black slaves finally got free at the cost of the life of a president, racial discrimination and segregation are still common in the real life. This is the underlying reason why Martin Luther King and other human rights activists called on a racial equality 40 years ago.
Today, the Chinese elites are emerging and China is getting increasingly powerful, which is another background for the United States to make an apology. However, we know that the apology for the “Chinese Exclusion Act” does not mean complete elimination of discrimination. It is a long-term process to eliminate the invisible discrimination and fully respect the Chinese Americans and other ethnic minorities.
The development of human rights has experienced more than two centuries of twists and turns in the United States. Today, how to properly treat all ethnic minorities’ aspiration for equality remains a disputed topic. How to equally treat the legitimate interests of other countries and regions about development and security is a test of U.S. government’s concept of equality. The United States still has much room for improvement and introspection in these aspects.
In the last 20 years, the United States has made a series of repentances. In 1993, the U.S. Congress made an apology for occupying Hawaii 100 years ago. In 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives voted through an act, asking the U.S. Congress to apologize for some historical problems including slavery and racial segregation. In 2011 and 2012, the House of Representatives and the Senate respectively made an apology to China for its “Chinese Exclusion Act.” The United States had made many mistakes on its developing road but now it began to correct them one by one. We hope it can learn a lesson and genuinely respect others when dealing with their own ethnic relations and the international affairs.
ICCR Notes :
Perhaps some trading concessions (face giving policies) commensurate to and directly relayed (but not necessary through a Chinese government party in order for USA to save face) by either involved companies on US or Chinese sides to the families of those who suffered that do need the aid? Much like Japan could compensate Korean Comfort Women, an apology backed by nothing, is just words to those who need the funds, the wealthy would feel exhonerated but the poor who suffered from the policies have lost tremendously and suffered quality of life drops that concessions as mentioned above would be very considerate to apply. The beneficiaries would be the poor Chinese in such overseas Chinatowns, no-one else. How about that USA? Show that your words are backed with concrete actions. This further action would show though, that American exceptionalism is alive and well.
China faces long-term regional annoyances (Global Times) 08:38, July 04, 2012
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Monday he may ask the US to deploy spy planes over the South China Sea to help monitor disputed waters in the region. The US Department of State did not say whether the US will respond to the request. The Philippines suffered a setback during the Huangyan Island conflict with China, but it will not back down on the issue. China will be pestered by the Philippines, Vietnam and other countries over the South China Sea for a long time.
The world has entered a stage in which small countries can make trouble for big powers. If these island disputes had happened in imperial times, they would have been handled in a much easier way. China may have many ways to teach the Philippines a lesson, but we must not easily use them. This does not mean China is showing weakness. The US, the most powerful country in the world, has the strength to strike those countries it deems as “evil,” but it has to seek approval from the international community.
The Philippines and Vietnam do deserve to be punished. If they go to extremes in their provocations against China, it is likely that they will finally be punished through means including military strikes. However, China definitely will be very cautious in making such decisions. The world today is very complicated, and the international environment is undergoing profound changes. China has many strategic opportunities, but is also faced with many dilemmas. China is a country with great development potential. This determines not only China’s strategic potential, but also the current international system’s continued restraint of China.
The public is becoming increasingly confused over what China’s most pressing issues are. Chinese frictions with neighboring countries have been a major focus of foreign affairs in recent years, but such frictions do not pose a strategic threat to China. The key point that can decide China’s future is obviously not the same as what public opinion is most concerned about. A country should clarify its thoughts and firmly follow them, but this is easier said than done, because its development will face constant domestic and foreign disturbances. The Philippines and Vietnam are obviously disturbing China. They are not part of China’s international political ambitions, but China must not let their disturbance go unchecked. The right policy might be to tell them our bottom line and avoid a war of words with them, but teach them an unforgettable lesson when it is time to hit back.
ICCR Notes :
A string of pearls should solve the problems . . . high tech naval and submarine fortress bases dotting the South China Sea region at intervals and clear declarations on the above principal based pre-WW2 facts at UN, NAM and to the nations will be China’s final word and action to quell all nuisances on these issues. Prepare that ‘Plutocrat Sequestered Liquid Wealth Requisition Bill’ (compensate these ‘contributions/requisitions’ with deserving honorary military ranks, appropriate titles with accompanying immunities, and rights of access perhaps naming and inauguration rights – though not operational access – to the new bases and any ships, I’m sure a healthy Regatta culture could arise from this intitiative . . . ) before the scenario worsens from sheer inaction and timidity of the CPPCC or Red Army in communicating with the Chinese neo-Plutocracy that would not be possible without the might of the PLA! Long live Fatherland China! Long live the Eternal Dynasty!
China, Japan ‘can lead the way’ – by Ding Qingfen, Chen Jia and Li Xiaokun in Tokyo (China Daily) 08:14, July 02, 2012
China and Japan should work closer together amid the deepening European debt crisis to tackle regional and global economic problems, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said in a letter addressed to a key forum on Sunday.
The prime minister also emphasized that China’s further development will translate into opportunities for the world’s third-largest economy.
“China’s rapid economic growth means opportunities for the international community, including Japan,” Noda said. “Not only should both countries strengthen economic and trade cooperation, but they should also join hands to tackle regional and global issues and contribute to global peace and prosperity,” he added.
Noda made the remarks in a letter read out during a banquet at the launch of the Beijing-Tokyo Forum which is being held in the Japanese capital from July 1 to July 3.
The forum, cosponsored by China Daily and Genron NPO, a Japanese think tank, has been held alternately, in Beijing and Tokyo, since 2005.
The annual gathering is one of the most significant platforms for communication among high-level non-government institutions from the two countries. This year’s forum is being held under the theme “Future-Oriented China-Japan relations in a Global Perspective”.
This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between China and Japan.
China’s export growth has been slowing down, due to Europe’s debt woes. In Japan, despite plans to spend 20 trillion yen ($252 billion) to rebuild areas devastated by the 2011 earthquake, industrial output fell for the second straight month in May. Zhao Qizheng, head of the foreign affairs committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said both governments should enhance cooperation to counter the global economic crisis.
ICCR Notes :
Will the 9th Throne act appropriately to complete the circle? Long live Fatherland China.