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China appoints officers to South China Sea garrison / Update on (and Invitation to?) Sansha – AFP NewsBy Kelly Olsen | AFP News – 30th July 2012

China has appointed military officers at a newly-established garrison in the South China Sea, state media reported Friday, the country’s latest step to bolster claims to disputed islands in the area.

Separately, in comments likely to anger Beijing, Japan’s defence minister said that his country could dispatch its military to islands in the East China Sea if a territorial dispute there with China escalates.

China’s defence ministry announced the appointments Thursday, the China Daily said, two days after China said it had established the city of Sansha on an island in the disputed Paracel chain, along with the military garrison.

China’s neighbours reacted furiously to the move with Vietnam, which also claims the Paracel Islands, filing a formal protest and saying it “violates international law”.

Manila, which is involved in a dispute over another archipelago, the Spratly Islands, summoned the Chinese ambassador to lodge a complaint against the garrison announcement.

Sparsely populated Sansha is China’s smallest city in terms of population and land size. China reckons, however, that it’s the biggest when total area is factored in given the wide swathe of the South China Sea it is meant to oversee.

State media have carried photos of a large domed and pillared building that serves as the city’s administrative centre on the island of Yongxing, as well as images of a police station, a bank, a telecom office and residents relaxing outside humble wooden dwellings.

The three-floor building that state media said came into use on July 20 appears by far to be the biggest structure on the small island, which from photos appears largely covered in thick, green vegetation, including palm trees.

While Chinese media accounts of Yongxing’s population vary, it appears to be not much bigger than 1,000 people.

Defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said the new garrison was responsible for guarding the city and disaster relief, among other functions, according to China Daily.

However, he added that a separate maritime garrison under the Chinese navy was responsible for maritime defence and military combat, appearing to suggest that the Sansha garrison would not have such responsibilities.

China owns much of the South China Sea, though Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia each claim portions of it.

The dispute has simmered for decades, though tensions have risen markedly recently as China has moved to more strongly assert its territorial claims.

The Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) at a summit earlier this month failed for the first time in 45 years to issue a joint statement, as members were unable to agree how to refer to China’s behaviour in the disputed waters.

China says it is acting within its rights, though its moves have raised alarm bells in the region and beyond.

Beijing is also involved in a separate dispute with Japan over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.

That row has also simmered for years, though tensions have increased substantially since a standoff between a Chinese fishing vessel and Japan’s coast guard in the resource-rich area nearly two years ago.

On Friday, Satoshi Morimoto, Japan’s defence chief, said Tokyo would use force to defend the islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

“Senkaku or not, defence of islands is principally conducted by the coastguard and police,” Morimoto told reporters in Tokyo.

“However, the law stipulates that Self-Defense Forces troops can act” if local authorities are unable to handle the situation.

His comments came after Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told parliament Thursday that he would take “stern actions” against any “illegal actions” on Japanese territory, including using the Self-Defense Forces, if needed.

China’s foreign ministry, reacting Friday to Noda’s remarks, expressed “serious concern and strong dissatisfaction,” reiterated that the islands belong to China and called on Japan to value bilateral relations.

Freshly elected Mandarins serving the 1000s of Sansha residents. (circa 2012)

“Nothing can change China’s strong will and determination to safeguard its territorial sovereignty,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

Zhou Yongsheng, an expert on Japanese studies at China Foreign Affairs University, said Noda and Morimoto’s recent remarks show that Tokyo’s stance on the Diaoyu Islands issue is becoming tougher with less room for diplomatic maneuverability.

As the Japanese election draws near, some politicians such as Noda care little about China-Japan relations and “place priority on winning the election”, said Zhou.

Shen Shishun, an expert on Asia-Pacific studies at Haikou College of Economics in Hainan province, said there is little chance that Tokyo will send its troops to the islands.

“In spite of the strong remarks from Japanese politicians, the government has not yet made up its mind to really send in troops,” said Shen.

Hong said some politicians in Japan have expressed a willingness for a diplomatic resolution.
Japanese Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura, the government’s top spokesman, on Friday said the prime minister merely responded to a hypothetical question and was “referring to a theoretical possibility” of military action.

“(Noda’s remark) was not specifically directed at containing China,” Mainichi Daily Newspaper reported Osamu as saying.

Analysts said Tokyo’s mixed responses reflect its desire to not rule out diplomacy.

“Some politicians, such as Noda and Morimoto, use strong rhetoric as a political tool for votes,” Shen said.

Zhou warned that Japan may continue to take a hard line approach on the issue.

Bilateral ties deteriorated after Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara initiated a plan in April to “purchase” the islands from a so-called “private owner” and Noda announced a plan to “nationalize” the islands in early July.

“A small group of individuals in Japan have deliberately created friction with China over the Diaoyu Islands and inflamed tension between the people of both countries. It is extremely wrong and hazardous,” the Chinese embassy in Japan said on Thursday.

In another development, the International Olympic Committee appointed Japanese Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu Takeda a member of the IOC.

According to Kyodo News Agency, Ishihara’s remarks have triggered dissatisfaction from some IOC members from Asia. Ishihara “should shut his mouth”, Kyodo quoted an Asian veteran member as saying.

Support from Asian countries for Tokyo’s bid to host future Olympic Games is indispensable, Kyodo said.

ICCR Notes :

China a peaceful and civilisation loving country will do it’s best to expel the illegal Japanese personnel on Diaoyu with as little injury or loss of life as humanly possible (snipers with tranquiliser darts perhap are recommended, bullets are overrated . . . 1.3 billion in China, 0.1 billion in Japan, have a good rest Japan . . . ). As for escalations, Japan since unable to understand the historical and ethical context, will have to be taught to respect the Diaoyu Islanders’ wishes. Perhaps the PLA could first gather protestors against Japanese presence and protect the islanders from any violence from Japanese soldiers. The Diaoyu locals WITH the PLA protecting them while protesting Japanese military presence (also alongside any descendants of the King?), should make very clear to the UN and world (also considering the history of Diaoyu) that the islands can never be part of Japanese territory. PLA is meanwhile ready to repel any neo-colonial ambitions of Japan and will be able to protect Diaoyu this time, unlike in the Qing era in 1609 when China was weak. US had no right to supposedly ‘award’ the islands to Japan on the back of WW2.

8 Foreign Nation’s Alliance has made China realise the importance of ancient territorial sovereignty rights, even as ICCR promulgates restoration of an Imperial Constitutional Monarchy.

The Chinese were reeling from the ‘8 Foreign Nation’ Invasion 1900 (just after the ‘Boxer’ Rebellion), and Japanese invasions from 1931 which culminated in the nanjing Holocaust, after the ‘Manchukuo’ puppet farce which lasted until 1945 when the Japanese were hit with atomic bombs in WW2 and did not want to antagonize USA. Had the 2 powers ended the war which was aggression against China’s ancient territories, on equal power, China would have challenged the ‘awarding’ at that point. Fearing war, China did not challenge the issue. But even now on a possible equality basis in military power China is still only claiming what China lost before the ‘8 Foreign Nations Alliance’ invaded with any invasion of Japan by USA during WW2 much like Vietnam was invaded later by USA in the 1970s. All illegaly ‘awarded’ territories are unjustifiable because of the US’s basis of power military and China’s lack of awareness of the ethics issue at that time. Simple ethics would attest automatic failure. If we consider force of arms which is barbaric then yes USA could award the islands. In which case China might as well now conquer Japan and threaten a WW3 against US instead to get US to back down.

China reclaims ancient territories. No need to be alarmed, just reclaiming what was lost, not expanding unless unduly threatened as in the past.

If Japan is fair, Japan will drop all claims. If USA is fair, USA will concede that the awarding was indirectly backed with threat of war and also illegally occupied not more than 30+ years ago BECAUSE of the 8 Foreign powers. A good friend in a nation (USA) would not take advantage of another country’s (China) weakness in the past. How about finishing up in Iraq and preparing for Iran first USA? How about USA making sure that China might be encouraged to stay away from any US invasions of Iran if any by not antagonizing China at least here by being FAIR and truthful as above discussed? Japan would follow suit if USA does not embolden Japan, and USA’s basis here is upon the back of the ‘8 Foreign Nation Invasion’ and WW2, BOTH being on a violence basis and thus unacceptable to China and even UN.

Washington seeks to create new waves in S.China Sea – By Yu Jincui (Global Times) 08:03, July 27, 2012

Sansha Capitol (Architecture Needs Chinese Characteristics . . . )

The US is the latest country to make a fuss over China’s new city of Sansha after the Philippines and Vietnam.

On Tuesday, US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland voiced the US’ “concern” over China’s “unilateral moves,” while John McCain, the US senator of Arizona, claimed China’s moves were “unnecessarily provocative.”

Though the White House has previously indicated that the US would not take sides in South China Sea disputes, in practice, the US is encouraging Vietnam and Philippines to continue their provocation and infringement of China’s sovereignty.

The guideline of setting aside disputes and pursuing joint development promoted by China was supposed to provide a foundation for cooperation among the claimants. However, it was spoiled by the provocations of the Philippines and Vietnam.

Currently, 43 islands in the South China Sea have been seized by countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines. These countries have tried to strengthen their control over the islands through domestic legislation and exploring oil in the region.

It was reported in April that Vietnam and the Philippines planned to hold football and basketball matches for their navies on the disputed islands.

The US is also adopting a double standard over the disputes. The Philippines illegally set up Kalayaan town, which is part of the Nansha Islands, in 1988, while Vietnam established Truong Sa county, which is also part of the Nansha Islands, in 2001. The US voiced no concerns over them.

The US is not a claimant nation in the South China Sea disputes, nor is it a participating member of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and therefore has no say in the disputes. The US seeks to expand its influence and stake in the region by creating more waves.

Since the US’ high-profile intervention in the South China Sea disputes marked by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech at the 2010 ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting in Vietnam, the US intention on the issue has become obvious. From the US perspective, backing countries like the Philippines and Vietnam in provoking China could worsen China’s neighboring environment and help enhance its military presence in the Asia-Pacific.

The establishment of Sansha is a laudable step by China in actively safeguarding its sovereignty. China by no means intends to exacerbate the situation in the South China Sea, but it should demonstrate that any provocation from relevant countries over maritime territorial disputes will be countered.

Establishing Sansha city is only a starting point. China should also consider strengthening its military, technological and economic presence there in the future.

ICCR Notes :

China could invite a US military vessel or few to Sansha in a show of extreme confidence. Incidentally the Capitol building on Sansha looks like that was imitated from Washington. Could China please renovate with chinese characteristics, imperial style? That dome should be replaced with a pagoda type tower as well . . . let the resident Taoist Chaplain in full robe and appropriate entourage of attendents as empowered by the Holy Taoist See and the Supreme Celestial Patriarch of the Ordo Imperialis Celestium Sinensis greet the US military men alongside the Chinese ranking officer in the suggested invite above as well as said Chaplain’s presence will better emphasise the word ‘Holy’ as in ‘Holy Territory’ (as Liu Weimin, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman mentioned) to reminds of how Holy Territory is NOT FOR SALE . . . think of the South China Sea as China’s ‘Oceanic Kabba’ . . . much blessings to all supplicants of Taosim as always.

Try this as a final renovated form for Sansha’s Capitol building! Chinese characteristics remember?

Long live the Fatherland!

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Update : South Sea Provinces – Sansha City, Yongxing Island, South Sea Provinces – 08:23, June 20, 2012

China dissatisfied over Vietnam’s island patrols: spokesman (People’s Daily Online) 08:23, June 20, 2012
A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry at a regular press briefing on June 19 (File photo/ Foreign Ministry of China)

A developed Sansha City on Yongxing Island envisioned.

BEIJING, June 20 (People’s Daily Online) — A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday expressed strong dissatisfaction over Vietnamese fighters’ recent patrolling and reconnaissance on Nansha Islands in the South China Sea.

Speaking at a regular press briefing in response to a journalist’s question on the subject, Hong Lei said, “China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters. Vietnam’s recent action is a serious violation of China’s sovereignty.”

He said China urges Vietnam to strictly abide by the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, avoid actions escalating or complicating the situation, and make efforts to safeguard regional peace and stability.

ICCR Notes :

A 30% flat ‘sequestered asset requisition fund’ which applied against Chinese citizen billionaires (who cannot refuse capitalist style), could easily raise up to 300 billion to build a high tech Naval Fortress and sea colony at the Nansha Archipelago to end all arguments once and for all. What would Mao have required in earlier times but total defence of China’s territories?

China’s biggest, least populated city of Xisha born in disputed waters – June 22, 9:03 pm | By Xu Weiwei

China has raised the administrative status of Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands from county to prefectural level in disputed waters, the latest escalation in tensions over the resource-rich South China Sea, according to an official statement released on Thursday following a Vietnamese law asserting sovereignty over the islands.

The statement from the Ministry of Civil Affairs said the State Council has approved to set up the prefectural-level city of Sansha to administer the three island groups and their surrounding waters. It said the government seat will be stationed on Yongxing Island, part of the Xisha Islands.

The county-level administration complex for the islands, was established on Yongxing in 1959, and will be built up to a prefectural level, the statement said.

The new-born city is China’s biggest by size and least populated, with 13 square kilometers of islands area and over 200 square kilometers of waters where around 3,500 Chinese citizes live permanently and 25,000 a floating population, according to the Legal Evening News. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Civil Affairs told the official Xinhua News Agency on Thursday that setting up Sansha city will help to improve China’s “administrative management on Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands and their future development”.

“It is also conducive to protecting the oceanic environment of the South China Sea,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying. China first discovered and named the reefs, islets and surrounding waters of Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands, and has long had sovereignty over the area, the spokesperson said.

China has conflicting claims with the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan across the South China Sea, key shipping lanes thought to contain rich energy reserves. Vietnam and the Philippines have been the most vocal opponents of China’s claims.

Xu Liping, an expert on Southeast Asia issues at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the move shows China’s latest measure to assert sovereignty over the area, and is also a response to the Philippines and Vietnam’s asserting sovereignty over the islands. Vietnam’s new Maritime Law declaring sovereignty and jurisdiction drew such a huge outcry from the locals that Beijing decided to formalise a prefecture. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun summoned Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Van Tho clarified “serious violations” and called for an “immediate corrections” amidst the celebrations among the locals, Reuters reported.

Excerpt from Global Times’ : A Positivist View by reporter Wang Zhaokun

A good choice to consolidate sovereignty in accordance with local conditions is to organize fishermen to establish some fishing companies, which can help protect Chinese fishing resources. This can also bring benefits to local fishermen.

Another possible choice is to establish several economic development zones in the area. We can invite foreign companies to cooperate with their Chinese counterparts to invest and develop resources in the South China Sea. This can demonstrate China’s sincerity in putting aside disputes and seeking common development.

The South China Sea is known as one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. We might also considering establishing supply bases there to offer supply and maintenance to passing merchant ships and fishing vessels.

The article was compiled by Global Times reporter Wang Zhaokun based on an interview with Zhuang Guotu, director of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at Xiamen University.

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/717003.shtml

China tightening grip on Spratlys by Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) Updated June 23, 2012 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines – China has set up a new “prefecture level” city called Sansha to administer three disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), according to Chinese state-owned Xinhua news agency.

The development has tightened China’s grip on islands that it calls its own in the West Philippine Sea, particularly the Spratlys.

On Thursday, Xinhua reported that Xisha (Paracels), Zhongsha (Macclesfield bank), and Nansha (Spratlys) islands have been collectively elevated to prefecture status under Sansha city from their previous county-level status.

Sansha means “city of three sands” in Chinese.

A statement from the Ministry of Civil Affairs said the State Council or China’s Cabinet has approved the establishment of Sansha, with its seat of government on Yongxing Island, which is part of the Paracels.

The county-level “administration office” for the three islands was also based on Yongxing Island.

A spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs said the creation of Sansha city would help improve China’s “administrative management on Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands and their future development.”

“It is also conducive to protecting the oceanic environment of the South China Sea,” the spokesman said.

He claimed that China set up the administration office for the three islands in 1959.

He also maintained that it was China which first discovered and named the reefs and islets around Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha Islands.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it had no detailed information on China’s latest declaration.

“We don’t have yet the details of this report,” DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said.

Also on Thursday, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei urged Philippine officials to refrain from making remarks meant to influence public opinion on the month-old standoff at Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.

Hong issued the statement at a press briefing in Beijing when asked to comment on President Aquino’s announcement that Philippine Air Force planes would fly over Panatag Shoal to check on the situation in the area.

Hong asserted it was the Philippine warships’ “harassment” of Chinese fishermen in early April that triggered the Panatag Shoal incident.

He said the Philippines’ tough and high profile stance on the issue had only heightened tensions.

But he said tensions have eased and that the two sides have been vigorously exerting efforts to repair bilateral relations.

“China hopes the Philippine side will do more to help the development of bilateral ties and refrain from stirring public opinion, so as to safeguard the recovery of bilateral ties,” Hong said.

The DFA also said the Philippines greatly appreciates the United States’ reaffirming of its support for the country in its territorial dispute with China, as relayed by Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr.

“What US Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. said on Thursday was a reiteration of the US position on the territorial dispute and support for the Philippines to seek resolution,” Hernandez said.

The US has been pressing China, the Philippines and other countries with territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea to resolve their dispute through diplomacy, particularly in accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). At the 2+2 meeting in May in Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had expressed deep concern over developments in the West Philippine Sea and urged China to clarify its motivation and interest in the region. Hernandez said that Clinton’s message was for nations involved to “subscribe to a rules-based approach in resolving competing claims in maritime areas through peaceful, collaborative, multilateral and diplomatic processes within the framework of international law, reflected in the UNCLOS.”

“This is the same position that the Philippines has repeatedly conveyed to China,” Hernandez said.

Unmindful of China

As China appears to be tightening its grip on territories being claimed by its smaller neighbors, the mayor of Kalayaan town in the Spratlys said he and his constituents would never give up asserting Philippines sovereignty. Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon, in a telephone interview, said that while China cannot be prevented from doing “crazy things,” they would never recognize its latest effort to strengthen its “administrative control” over the Spratlys.

“We do not recognize that. We are a regime of islands under the Philippine government,” Bito-onon, said, stressing that Kalayaaan town has been in existence for 34 years. He said his municipality celebrated its founding anniversary last June 11.

He also said the seat of the so-called Sansha city on Yongxing Island or Woody Island in the Paracels – a Chinese island garrison – is 364 nautical miles from Kalayaan island town.

“It’s very far from Pag-Asa. It’s not going to affect us,” he said.

Aside from China and the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia have territorial claims in the area.

All Spratlys claimant countries have troops in the region except for Brunei. Jaime Laude

ICCR Notes :

Do not be hasty in choosing sides Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon. All citizens of of the autonomous village of Kalayaan will be given appropriate UN compliant options to be part of China’s prosperity or be accorded permanent resident rights with all existing ownerships and properties recognized. Do not be so quick to assert for forces that will make no difference in your lives Kalayaans!

Make the right decision and like Puerto Rico (also the offer under consideration for extention to President Benigno by the Lord Protector which is being mulled . . . ) choose the better of 2 nations in an openly conducted referendum between Mayor Eugenio and the CPCC official with any attendant mandarin overseeing discussions. The people of Kalayaan must choose the best future, instead of decades of stagnation under corrupted and fractionated governments (think the Ampatuan Massacre led by you-know-who, which could never happen under autonomous status with China’s protection), and who knows, instead of unecessary strife and war, be part of a massive tourism centre piece and luxury tourism industry building up around the bad decision makers. It willl be a glorious day for all new and old Chinese citizens, do not miss the opportunity!

As for naysayers, Do not play ‘Gaza’ with China. Look at your Ming maps for any legality to save face by not attack face with. China is NOT Israel taking decades to quell territories that UN has earlier confirmed boundaries of. Kelayaans have And those Chinese settlers and cities like Kalayaan who should submit referendums to UN for joining China, will be well backed by forces worth far more than a peaceful cooperation and withdrawal of claim than any escalation could achieve. China doubtful though will claim more to ‘keep face’ at the UN. There will be zero tolerance for any military action against peaceful settlers who have legally bought land titles or drilling rights, though China will always be open to normalisation after recognition and withdrawal of offending statements for ‘peace’.

Being on the morally wrong side is something China will not do, but ancient claims are valid where they stand.  And dont bother about oil, there is nothing fossil fuels will be worth in a short while. Fusion or other green energies are already present. Welcome to the Chinese Millenium, it is as if the Ming Dynasty continued after 700 years – that is the extent of the issue. China is finally setting up a beautiful new city in the long neglected Southern Sea Provinces. Long live the Imperium.

China dissatisfied over Vietnam’s island patrols: spokesman (People’s Daily Online) 08:23, June 20, 2012

A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry at a regular press briefing on June 19 (File photo/ Foreign Ministry of China)

BEIJING, June 20 (People’s Daily Online) — A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday expressed strong dissatisfaction over Vietnamese fighters’ recent patrolling and reconnaissance on Nansha Islands in the South China Sea.

Speaking at a regular press briefing in response to a journalist’s question on the subject, Hong Lei said, “China has indisputable sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and their adjacent waters. Vietnam’s recent action is a serious violation of China’s sovereignty.”

He said China urges Vietnam to strictly abide by the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, avoid actions escalating or complicating the situation, and make efforts to safeguard regional peace and stability.

ICCR Notes :

The 30% flat ‘sequestered asset requisition fund’ which applied against Chinese citizen billionaires (who cannot refuse capitalist style), could easily raise up to 300 billion to build a high tech Naval Fortress and sea colony at the Nansha Archipelago to end all arguments once and for all. What would Mao have required in earlier times but total defence of China’s territories?

China’s biggest, least populated city of Xisha born in disputed waters – June 22, 9:03 pm | By Xu Weiwei

China has raised the administrative status of Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands from county to prefectural level in disputed waters, the latest escalation in tensions over the resource-rich South China Sea, according to an official statement released on Thursday following a Vietnamese law asserting sovereignty over the islands.

The statement from the Ministry of Civil Affairs said the State Council has approved to set up the prefectural-level city of Sansha to administer the three island groups and their surrounding waters. It said the government seat will be stationed on Yongxing Island, part of the Xisha Islands.

The county-level administration complex for the islands, was established on Yongxing in 1959, and will be built up to a prefectural level, the statement said.

The new-born city is China’s biggest by size and least populated, with 13 square kilometers of islands area and over 200 square kilometers of waters where around 3,500 Chinese citizes live permanently and 25,000 a floating population, according to the Legal

Evening News. A spokesperson for the Ministry of Civil Affairs told the official Xinhua News Agency on Thursday that setting up Sansha city will help to improve China’s “administrative management on Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands and their future development”.

“It is also conducive to protecting the oceanic environment of the South China Sea,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying. China first discovered and named the reefs, islets and surrounding waters of Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands, and has long had sovereignty over the area, the spokesperson said.

China has conflicting claims with the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan across the South China Sea, key shipping lanes thought to contain rich energy reserves. Vietnam and the Philippines have been the most vocal opponents of China’s claims.

Xu Liping, an expert on Southeast Asia issues at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the move shows China’s latest measure to assert sovereignty over the area, and is also a response to the Philippines and Vietnam’s asserting sovereignty over the islands. Vietnam’s new Maritime Law declaring sovereignty and jurisdiction drew such a huge outcry from the locals that Beijing decided to formalise a prefecture. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun summoned Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Van

Tho clarified “serious violations” and called for an “immediate corrections” amidst the celebrations among the locals, Reuters reported.

China tightening grip on Spratlys by Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) Updated June 23, 2012 12:00 AM Comments (20) View comments

MANILA, Philippines – China has set up a new “prefecture level” city called Sansha to administer three disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), according to Chinese state-owned Xinhua news agency.

The development has tightened China’s grip on islands that it calls its own in the West Philippine Sea, particularly the Spratlys.

On Thursday, Xinhua reported that Xisha (Paracels), Zhongsha (Macclesfield bank), and Nansha (Spratlys) islands have been collectively elevated to prefecture status under Sansha city from their previous county-level status.

Sansha means “city of three sands” in Chinese.

A statement from the Ministry of Civil Affairs said the State Council or China’s Cabinet has approved the establishment of Sansha, with its seat of government on Yongxing Island, which is part of the Paracels.

The county-level “administration office” for the three islands was also based on Yongxing Island.

A spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs said the creation of Sansha city would help improve China’s “administrative management on Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands and their future development.”

“It is also conducive to protecting the oceanic environment of the South China Sea,” the spokesman said.

He claimed that China set up the administration office for the three islands in 1959.

He also maintained that it was China which first discovered and named the reefs and islets around Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha Islands.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it had no detailed information on China’s latest declaration.

“We don’t have yet the details of this report,” DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said.

Also on Thursday, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei urged Philippine officials to refrain from making remarks meant to influence public opinion on the month-old standoff at Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.

Hong issued the statement at a press briefing in Beijing when asked to comment on President Aquino’s announcement that Philippine Air Force planes would fly over Panatag Shoal to check on the situation in the area.

Hong asserted it was the Philippine warships’ “harassment” of Chinese fishermen in early April that triggered the Panatag Shoal incident.

He said the Philippines’ tough and high profile stance on the issue had only heightened tensions.

But he said tensions have eased and that the two sides have been vigorously exerting efforts to repair bilateral relations.

“China hopes the Philippine side will do more to help the development of bilateral ties and refrain from stirring public opinion, so as to safeguard the recovery of bilateral ties,” Hong said.

The DFA also said the Philippines greatly appreciates the United States’ reaffirming of its support for the country in its territorial dispute with China, as relayed by Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr.

“What US Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. said on Thursday was a reiteration of the US position on the territorial dispute and support for the Philippines to seek resolution,” Hernandez said.

The US has been pressing China, the Philippines and other countries with territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea to resolve their dispute through diplomacy, particularly in accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the

Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). At the 2+2 meeting in May in Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had expressed deep concern over developments in the West Philippine Sea and urged China to clarify its motivation and interest in the region. Hernandez said that Clinton’s message was for nations involved to “subscribe to a rules-based approach in resolving competing claims in maritime areas through peaceful, collaborative, multilateral and diplomatic processes within the framework of international law, reflected in the UNCLOS.”

“This is the same position that the Philippines has repeatedly conveyed to China,” Hernandez said.

Unmindful of China

As China appears to be tightening its grip on territories being claimed by its smaller neighbors, the mayor of Kalayaan town in the Spratlys said he and his constituents would never give up asserting Philippines sovereignty. Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon, in a telephone interview, said that while China cannot be prevented from doing “crazy things,” they would never recognize its latest effort to strengthen its “administrative control” over the Spratlys.

“We do not recognize that. We are a regime of islands under the Philippine government,” Bito-onon, said, stressing that Kalayaaan town has been in existence for 34 years. He said his municipality celebrated its founding anniversary last June 11.

He also said the seat of the so-called Sansha city on Yongxing Island or Woody Island in the Paracels – a Chinese island garrison – is 364 nautical miles from Kalayaan island town. “It’s very far from Pag-Asa. It’s not going to affect us,” he said.

Aside from China and the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Brunei and Malaysia have territorial claims in the area. All Spratlys claimant countries have troops in the region except for Brunei. Jaime Laude

ICCR Notes :

Do not play ‘Gaza’ with China. There will be zero tolerance for any military action against peaceful settlers who have legally bought land titles or drilling rights, though China will always be open to normalisation after recognition and withdrawal of statements for ‘peace’. All citizens of of the autonomous village of Kalayaan will be given appropriate UN compliant options to be part of China’s prosperity or be accorded permananent resident rights with all existing ownerships and properties recognized. Do not be so quick to assert for forces that will make no difference in your lives Kalayaans!

Make the right decision and like Puerto Rico (also the offer under consideration for extention to President Benigno by the Lord Protector which is being mulled . . . ) choose the better of 2 nations in an openly conducted referendum between Mayor Eugenio and the CPCC official with any attendant mandarin overseeing discussions. The people of Kalayaan must choose the best future, instead of decades of stagnation under corrupted and fractionated governments (think the Ampatuan Massacre – which could never happen under autonomous status with China’s protection), and who knows, instead of unecessary strife and war, be part of a massive tourism centre piece and luxury tourism industry building up around the bad decision makers. It willl be glorious day for all new and old Chinese citizens, do not miss the opportunity!

As for naysayers, look at your Ming maps for any legality to save face by not attack face with. China is NOT Israel taking decades to quell territories that UN has earlier confirned boundaries of. Kelayaans have And those Chinese settlers and cities like Kalayaan who should submit referendums to UN for joining China, will be well backed by forces wort far more than a peaceful cooperation and withdrawal of claim than any escalation could achieve. China doubtful though will claim more to ‘keep face’ at the UN. Being on the morally wrong side is something China will not do, but ancient claims are valid where they stand.  And dont bother about oil, there is nothing fossil fuels will be worth in a short while. Fusion or other green energies are already present. Welcome to the Chinese Millenium, as if the Ming Dynasty continued after 700 years that is the extent of the issue.

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Vietnam’s Central Localities Oppose China’s Sansha City Plan – June 25, 2012 13:29 PM

HANOI, June 25 (Bernama) — Leaders of Da Nang city and Khanh Hoa province have voiced their objection to China’s decision to establish the so-called Sansha city that administratively covers the Vietnamese island districts of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa.

Nguyen Chien Thang, chairman of the Khanh Hoa Provincial People’s Committee, said the island district of Truong Sa is an inseparable part of the Vietnamese territory and is under the administrative management of the central province of Khanh Hoa.

The Khanh Hoa administration and people are unhappy over China’s decision which they said seriously violates Vietnam’s sovereignty and has no legal value, Vietnam News Agency quoted Nguyen as saying.

“We strongly oppose and demand that China quash its wrongful and illegal decision, and do not take further action detrimental to bilateral ties and friendship between the two countries,” said Thang.

Chairman of the Da Nang Municipal People’s Committee Van Huu Chien said Hoang Sa’s island district is part of the country’s territory which comes under Da Nang city’s administration.

Van strongly opposed the Chinese plan and requested China to rescind it.

— BERNAMA

ICCR Notes :

As said. Welcome to the Chinese Millenium, as if the Ming Dynasty continued after 700 years – that is the extent of the issue.

Vietnam should think longer term and in historical context. Dropping these claims on what was already agreed upon since the Ming Dynasty (Vietnam incidentally,  recognized China’s ownership of Sansha all the way up to WW2 . . . ) could be the best thing in the long run. After all who knows if USA is still smarting from the last war USA lost, and teams up with China on this one if anything does happen? Just a few islands and as detailed in the rebuttal of an earlier article, up to 1911 or even after WW2, Vietnam has known that China has been controlling the islands.

This is unwritten Asian politeness. And Vietnam should not change stance on this as an Far East Asian gentleman, especially AFTER China has invested so much in Vietnam lately. 600+ years of assent that the islands belong to China, then after WW2, this sudden turn around emboldened by a UN Sea Laws by UN which also backed USA’s attempt at colonization after WW2? Some consistency and sense of fairplay please Vietnam?

Please reconsider withdrawing all offending statements and policies on China’s sovereign territory Vietnam. History and the logistical odds are not on Vietnam’s page here. UN was formed in 1949, then the USA tried to colonize Vietnam AFTER French incursion  of the last century. These territorial claims and recognition go back to as far as Vietnam’s first established dynasty. Polite deference on a long claimed territory is in order and China is in many ways not being unfair about the claims. Vietnam of course will be like all other nations, especially in ASEAN, welcome to invest in Sansha.

All claimant houses in ICCR and the Council of Regency strongly oppose the Vietnam plan and request Vietnam to rescind all recent actions on China’s South Sea Dominions.

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