China acts like progressive protesters on American ‘bullying’
China, acting the part of the injured innocent who can never understand why everyone is mean to them, summoned the U.S. ambassador to the Communist nation to chivy him over recent sanctions imposed by the U.S. But in reality, China mostly complained about the open break by the U.S. with China on the South China Sea dispute.
In addition to sanctions on individual Chinese Communist leaders and repeal of most-favored-nation status for Hong Kong, the U.S. also openly sided this week with opponents of Chinese territorial expansion into the South China Sea.
The sea borders Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Yet, Communist China claims the whole of the Sea as its territory — with the exception of small areas of territorial waters that touch on the coastlines of respective countries.
“I want to warn the U.S. sternly that any bullying and unfairness imposed on China by the U.S. will meet resolute counter attack from China and the U.S. attempt to obstruct China’s development is doomed to failure,” Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang to U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad according to Politico.
China has been building artificial reefs in the South China Sea to perfect its claims on the sea.
In part, China’s demand for the whole of the South China Sea is because the sea’s floor is rich with oil. China is dependent upon imports through the Straits of Malacca for oil shipments from the Middle East.
In part, China’s demand for uncontested supremacy in the South China Sea stems from its desire to dominate its neighbors. Until China controls that watery highway, the independence of China’s neighbors is guaranteed.
Just two days ago the U.S Department of State issued a statement rejecting China’s claims in the South China Sea, saying that “Beijing uses intimidation to undermine the sovereign rights of Southeast Asian coastal states in the South China Sea, bully them out of offshore resources, assert unilateral dominion, and replace international law with ‘might makes right.’”
Under President Trump, the U.S. has been conducting high profile, freedom of the seas, navigation operations, designed to contest Chinese domination of the South China Sea and demonstrate that the South China Sea is considered international waters.
The U.S and Western nations have shown marked displeasure with the regime in Beijing over lack of transparency with COVID-19, violations of Hong Kong’s autonomy guaranteed under an international agreement, and civil rights violations in the Xinjiang province of China.
PHOTO: Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo
Scroll down to comment!