China warns US, deters neighbors

Published: 23/06/2011 05:00


China, on June 22 urged the US to not get involved in the
East Sea disputes. Beijing said that the US’ involvement may make the situation

China, on June 22 urged the US to not get involved in the
East Sea disputes. Beijing said that the US’ involvement may make the situation

Observers said that this is China’s most direct warning to the US in the last
few weeks.

Tensions in the East Sea have escalated in the last month when China made
provoking acts in the waters which is rich in oil and gas reserves.

Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Kui Tiankai urged the US to stand apart in the
East Sea disputes and said that China worries about provoking acts of related
parties in the East Sea. Meanwhile, China claims over 80 percent of the East
Sea, through a so-called U-shape line that covers 1.7 million square kilometers,
including the Paracel and Spratly Islands.

While blaming Vietnam and the Philippines for making “provoking acts”, the
Chinese media has published aggressive commentaries.

On June 21, Global Times, a supplement of the People Daily, the newspaper of the
Chinese Communist Party, published an editorial, calling China to “use all
necessary methods, including military to defend China’s interest in the South
China Sea (East Sea)”.

“It depends on the situation that China has to be ready for two plans:
negotiation for a peaceful solution or respond provoking by political, economic
or even military counter-attacks”.

This newspaper points out: “China will use the sea police forces and if it is
necessary, the naval forces too”.

The Voice of American (VOA) radio said that this is the toughest warning from
China at a time when tension in the East Sea is escalating.

Earlier, the Vietnam News Agency quoted an editorial on Hong Kong-based Wen Wei
Po newspaper, which is considered Beijing’s voice in this special zone as
saying, that Chinese will have counter-attacks, not stand idly.

The editorial clearly points out that through the two naval exercises in the
East Sea, China has given a clear warning: Though its policy is solving East Sea
disputes by peaceful methods, China has well prepared in terms of military and
determination to ensure its core interests.

Such editorials were published while China displayed its strength by two
military exercises in the East Sea. On June 21, the Hong Kong Trade Daily
reported that Beijing would test its first carrier very soon. This newspaper
says that the test will “deter the countries that are eyeing on” the East Sea.
The Chinese army doesn’t make any comment of the above information.

At the same time, many international politicians and scholars strongly
criticized China’s recent moves in the East Sea, which they called “aggressive”,
with claims of sovereignty like “groundless and greedy U-shape line”.

US Senator John McCain expressed his great concern over the tension in the East
Sea. He said: “The aggressive behavior of China and the unsubstantiated
territorial claims that it seeks to advance” are “exacerbating tensions” in the

Thai An

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