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"All military activities that mess up the situation in the South China Sea and create hotspots are under control,"

Almost spat out my morning coffee when i read that .

China does NOT have the situation under control .

That's ridiculous !

17 ( +24 / -7 )

More warlike and aggressive behaviour from Communist China. Acting like they own the South China Sea.

20 ( +27 / -7 )

China is funny. Cute, and funny. Like a child telling adults to go to bed early.

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The sea area is not "disputed "

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the same day the Philippines, the United States, Japan and Australia held their first joint drills in the disputed waters.

the same day the Philippines, the United States, Japan and Australia held their first joint drills to try to threaten China in the disputed waters.

The sea area is not "disputed "

That is correct. The name should give a hint ... The South CHINA sea.

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Mr KiplingToday  08:51 am JST

the same day the Philippines, the United States, Japan and Australia held their first joint drills in the disputed waters.

the same day the Philippines, the United States, Japan and Australia held their first joint drills to try to threaten China in the disputed waters.

They are not "theatening" anybody. Simply exercising their right in International Waters and sending a message to China that they do not "own" these waters.

The sea area is not "disputed "

That is correct. The name should give a hint ... The South CHINA sea.

4th grade level intellectual analysis. Mexico does not own the Gulf of Mexico. England does not own the English Channel nor does Japan own the Sea of Japan.

But since there exists one country and it's followers who belive in this silly concept, it would behoove the world to rename these waters to something politically neutral like The South Asian Sea.

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China illegally claims the whole of the South China Sea and is willing to enforce this through millitary force. All the more reason why there needs to be an strong alliance against China, much like NATO is against Russia.

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GuruMickToday  08:46 am JST

The sea area is not "disputed "

True. A "dispute" simply means differing positions.

But the South China Sea issue is similar to having a public park that is enjoyed by everyone in town, and one selfish person suddenly claiming that it is his own based on frivolous claims and refusal to recognize a legal ruling against him.

Using the term "dispute" wrongfully legitimizes that claim.

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Imagine how bad China would be if everybody decided to back off and do nothing.

A green light would only encourage them to behave worse, as with the Russians.

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The government of China, has pushed over 2 trillions dollars into building developing these military heavily fortifications in the South China Sea....

https://amti.csis.org/island-tracker/china/

Be in no doubt the Government of China has no respect for international law.

The Government of China is determined to seize full control over the South China Sea, the trading and shipping route for the entire region Including the Taiwan Straits.

International Court Issues Unanimous Award in Philippines v. China Case on South China Sea

https://thediplomat.com/2016/07/international-court-issues-unanimous-award-in-philippines-v-china-case-on-south-china-sea/

The Tribunal’s award is highly favourable to the Philippines, ruling that China’s nine-dash line claim and accompanying claims to historic rights have no validity under international law; that no feature in the Spratly Islands, including Taiwan-occupied Itu Aba (or Taiping Island), is an island under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); and that the behaviour of Chinese ships physically obstructing Philippine vessels is unlawful.

Now where does the law-abiding global/regional countries stand on direct military confrontation?

It is vital that the Government of China is deterred.

Action speak louder than words. It has always been a fact.

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"We are telling the Philippines that any infringement tactics are in vain," Gan said, adding that China would "regularly enforce the law in waters under (its) jurisdiction".

Of course China can enforce the law in its own waters. However, these are not its waters.

The UNCLOS ruling was crystal clear: China is wrong; the Philippines is right.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_China_Sea_Arbitration#Award

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Imagine how bad China would be if everybody decided to back off and do nothing.

A green light would only encourage them to behave worse, as with the Russians.

Exactly.

What Communist China and Fascist Russia appeasers and supporters will not admit is this : China and Russia are both on a desperate land grab. Identical to Nazi Germany pre WW2.

They will stop at nothing and take enormous swathes of land by force IF freedom-loving nations turn a blind eye. Which WON'T happen.

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As usual China has no shame❗

"All military activities that mess up the situation in the South China Sea and create hotspots are under control,"

The only country that is messing up the South China Sea is China alone❗

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an indeed paper tiger, as the title goes, Philippines, US, and Japan holding the peaceful drill, and chicom alone is having another drill at the same day. You think we only got three countries? tell you what, if anything happen, we have the 190++ countries who practice democracy stand together with us. Who do you have? Russia, NK, Iran, what else?

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China only claims the 9 dash line. It was able to work out the dispute with Vietnam. Taiwan claims the 11 dash line and the whole South China Sea as well.

There is no way China and Philippines will get into military conflict. Just buy your weapons and move on.

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If only we saw a commensurate refusal by consumers to go on funneling the money that underpins China’s ability to back up its bullying tactics with it’s unbridled military expansion.

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It was able to work out the dispute with Vietnam. Taiwan claims the 11 dash line and the whole South China Sea as well.

last i checked, Vietnam never make any deal with chicom and the disputes are still there. Taiwan claim 11 dash lines is the long long long time ago historic story, nobody claiming and doing it anymore!! you see, the propaganda is going on like this, and one have to study, google, research enough to equip yourself with the basic knowledge, so that you wont be brainwashed by the chicom cheapskate propaganda. Dont underestimate the cyber world, chicom sponsored trolls are just around you and me!

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Take'em out Joe.

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quercetumToday 12:50 pm JST

China only claims the 9 dash line.

"Only?" You mean, the entire sea and its environs? By the way, perhaps your masters have not updated you, but it's now a 10-dash lie.

https://breakingdefense.com/2023/09/new-chinese-10-dash-map-sparks-furor-across-indo-pacific-vietnam-india-philippines-malaysia/

It was able to work out the dispute with Vietnam.

No, it wasn't: Vietnam still has several outstanding issues with China, including in the Spratly and Paracel Islands. Vietnam is one of the countries that would like to complete the South China Sea Code of Conduct, but China's lies, aggression, and intransigence prevents this from happening.

https://thediplomat.com/2023/11/a-south-china-sea-code-of-conduct-cannot-be-built-on-a-foundation-of-bad-faith/

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Beijing is a signed party to UNCLOS, unlike certain other actors here, who recently (and quietly) annexed 400,000 square miles of seabed in the Pacific, Atlantic, Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean to an "extended continental shelf" territorial claim - that is completely illegitimate.

Complete hypocrisy.

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JJEToday 02:48 pm JST

Beijing is a signed party to UNCLOS

Then, it should abide by its ruling.

But it does not; and that's precisely the problem everyone has here.

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Isabelle,the US is already making a deal with the Houthis, because of it fail naval response in the Red,the US will never confront China on it own shores, Google US Houthis

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Beijing has every right to implement an extended continental shelf territorial claim, as Washington recently did.

Can't go around doing that and not expect others to follow suit.

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JJEToday 04:21 pm JST

Beijing has every right to implement an extended continental shelf territorial claim, as Washington recently did.

Beijing does not have "every right" to claim the entire South China Sea, in direct violation of UNCLOS, and harass and water-canon law-abiding nations' ships.

Chinese aggression and illegal activities have nothing to do with the US, and everything to do with China.

YrralToday 03:50 pm JST

Isabelle,the US is already making a deal with the Houthis, because of it fail naval response in the Red,the US will never confront China on it own shores, Google US Houthis

The Houthis have literally nothing to do with this.

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JJEToday 04:21 pm JST

Beijing has every right to implement an extended continental shelf territorial claim, as Washington recently did.

Can't go around doing that and not expect others to follow suit.

That's for economic purposes and doesn't allow you to declare new baseline with rocks and interfere with other countries' claims.

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JJEToday 02:48 pm JST

Beijing is a signed party to UNCLOS, unlike certain other actors here, who recently (and quietly) annexed 400,000 square miles of seabed in the Pacific, Atlantic, Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean to an "extended continental shelf" territorial claim - that is completely illegitimate.

Complete hypocrisy.

Chine remains a violator of UNCLOS. The US is just a non-signatory still complying.

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quercetumToday 12:50 pm JST

China only claims the 9 dash line. It was able to work out the dispute with Vietnam. Taiwan claims the 11 dash line and the whole South China Sea as well.

There is no way China and Philippines will get into military conflict. Just buy your weapons and move on.

Other country's citizens aren't like the mainlanders laying down before their government.

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The Philippines has illegally grounded a rusty, asbestos-ridden, old tank landing ship (once used to assault another country) on a reef. It's a hazard to navigation, the environment and just a plain eyesore. Needs to be removed pronto and they need to clean up their act.

Look at that Wildcat helicopter in the main photo - completely clapped out. One would hope the other one they have is in better condition.

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JJEToday 05:30 pm JST

The Philippines has illegally grounded a rusty, asbestos-ridden, old tank landing ship (once used to assault another country) on a reef. It's a hazard to navigation, the environment and just a plain eyesore. Needs to be removed pronto and they need to clean up their act.

It's their territory, they can do what they want with it. You just want it gone so the pirates in snazzier ships can water cannon their way to glory.

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The arbitration that certain quarters point to did not have China's participation and The Philippines actually 'appointed' people to it. Surprise, surprise...

Even Taiwan rejects the warped finding of that loaded "arbitration". Many other governments have rejected it too. Nor does the UN itself endorse the findings of that shambolic "arbitration".

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JJEToday 05:30 pm JST

Another benefit of the grounded ship: it prevents the shoal from magically growing in size and spawning more pirates.

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JJEToday 05:41 pm JST

The arbitration that certain quarters point to did not have China's participation and The Philippines actually 'appointed' people to it. Surprise, surprise...

Even Taiwan rejects the warped finding of that loaded "arbitration". Many other governments have rejected it too. Nor does the UN itself endorse the findings of that shambolic "arbitration".

Don't show up to court and you should expect a negative judgement against you. Are these the same "many countries" consisting of China, Russia, NK, Iran?

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Will be interesting to see what China is capable of in spite of the bluster.

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China has no legal obligation to submit to a kangaroo court loaded with the usual suspects. The elephant in the room is Taiwan doesn't support it either.

If Washington can annex large areas of the sea, so can others.

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That was a very normal reaction !

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

We claim the Gulf of Mexico, even though it extends 100 miles from the US shores,from Brownsville to the Florida Keys

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Houthis are targeting the interest of the western shipping,causing all kind of havoc,the US is losing interest, even offered the Houthis a deal

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YrralToday  07:42 pm JST

We claim the Gulf of Mexico, even though it extends 100 miles from the US shores,from Brownsville to the Florida Keys

Usual nonsense.

"The portion of the Gulf of Mexico that immediately adjoins the coastal states is considered to be part of the states. That zone extends 3 miles seaward in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and 3 leagues (approx 10 miles) offshore in Texas and Florida."

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JJEToday 05:51 pm JST

China has no legal obligation to submit to a kangaroo court

And that wasn't the case at all. It was a tribunal of UNCLOS, the treaty for which China has ratified and is bound by.

If China were a responsible nation, it would also be bound by the basic rules of decency and diplomacy. For instance, Japan has a dispute with Korea over Takeshima/Dokdo, but you don't see Japan ramming and water cannoning Korean ships, do you?

The fact is that China's actions are completely unlawful and wrong. And no amount of denial by you, CCP mouthpieces, or anyone else will change that.

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Do you believe that the Government of China is just going walk away?

Agree to any freedom of navigation, to in a moments breath, become the very definition of a rules based global best practice?

That represents agreed UN basic human rights?

Do you really?

Then shame on you.

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@Fighto! As a reminder China and Russia relationship will turn sour just a Xi is trying to regain control of territories he perhaps think is and was under China's control he will soon embark on the Northern territories that Russia took from China. This could be a nasty divorce, China is playing the whack a mole game hoping that the West gets rid of Putin and in the end he will take back that area. Xi is a dog salivating and waiting. Putin know this he is no fool this is why he has NK as a buffer because China would not do what Putin wanted because he understands the hand that China is trying to play!!!

What Communist China and Fascist Russia appeasers and supporters will not admit is this : China and Russia are both on a desperate land grab. Identical to Nazi Germany pre WW2.

They will stop at nothing and take enormous swathes of land by force IF freedom-loving nations turn a blind eye. Which WON'T happen.

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With global warming I think Russia is better off than China.

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JJEApr. 8 05:51 pm JST

China has no legal obligation to submit to a kangaroo court loaded with the usual suspects. The elephant in the room is Taiwan doesn't support it either.

How many times do you think it will take repeating that to convince people this is all Taiwan's fault?

If Washington can annex large areas of the sea, so can others.

Clearly not as no one is competing with Washington's claim and it is 100% legal, even under UNCLOS.

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is that south china sea property or part of USA?at least google maps not saying so?

No the South China sea is international waters and territorial waters of a number of nations not including China.

story headline should be USA is provoking China in South Sea.

Story headline should be China attempting to cause more trouble in Philippines territorial waters where these drills are actually being held.

The nearest Chinese territorial waters is about 500 miles away. But hey, China's got it all under control, watching the drills other nations are conducting well away from Chinese territory. Just how is that provoking China? Surely your not suggesting they have no right to hold drills in Philippines waters? That would be ridiculous.

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Washington's "claim" is no such claim, under UNCLOS - it's amounts to a cynical, illegal, aggressive, unilateral and hypocritical annexation - and it's not even a member in the first place.

Secondly, other countries have contested Washington's annexation and announced it won't be observed - what a typical whopper to suggest otherwise.

Thirdly, "economic reasons" were put forward as a reason earlier. China does most of its trade through the SCS and Washington is just angry they've upstaged them by preventing a trade blockade there. If economic reasons are a valid argument, as made earlier by certain quarters, Beijing is clearly in the right then.

Typical double standards and distortions.

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JJEToday 05:18 am JST

Washington's "claim" is no such claim, under UNCLOS - it's amounts to a cynical, illegal, aggressive, unilateral and hypocritical annexation - and it's not even a member in the first place.

Doesn't have to be a member: the US is following the directives China is violating anyways.

Secondly, other countries have contested Washington's annexation and announced it won't be observed - what a typical whopper to suggest otherwise.

It's an economic zone. How are they going to contest it? By trying to drill off of Alaska? I believe we have the coast guard ships and navy ships to take care of that. What a whopper to suggest otherwise.

Thirdly, "economic reasons" were put forward as a reason earlier. China does most of its trade through the SCS and Washington is just angry they've upstaged them by preventing a trade blockade there. If economic reasons are a valid argument, as made earlier by certain quarters, Beijing is clearly in the right then.

Yeah, and aside from the fact that the Middle Kingdom has to bow and respect the rights of the Philippines, it would be in the clear to claim the area. But it has to respect the Phillipines' rights by the treaty it signed. And preventing a trade blockade is precisely why China needs to be moved out of the area.

Typical double standards and distortions.

From the Dictatorship Brigade and their supporters, yes.

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Keep going China..

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Russia gets well over 70% of the Artic. A map is the obvious way to understand that. Geological surveys support this, as a tribunal has recently confirmed.

Moscow will contest it by conducting legitimate commercial activity including mineral extraction, and military activity. Troublesome, unfriendly vessels will be holed under the waterline.

Washington is NOT following the "directives". A unilateral seizure is illegal.

Philippines needs to back off and respect Beijing's and Taiwan's legal claim to the area.

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Fighto!Apr. 8  07:02 am JST

More warlike and aggressive behaviour from Communist China. Acting like they own the South China Sea.

GuruMickApr. 8  08:46 am JST

The sea area is not "disputed "

There is no 'dispute'. The open seas are for all nations for free navigation. That's why the US is at war right now with those Houthi hooligans. The Red Sea is for everyone and so is the South China Sea. Suck it up, CCP.

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JJEToday 07:08 am JST

Philippines needs to back off and respect Beijing's and Taiwan's legal claim to the area.

Legal according to the offenders alone. Peking is not following UNCLOS.

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JJE

Apr. 8 05:41 pm JST

The arbitration that certain quarters point to did not have China's participation and The Philippines actually 'appointed' people to it. Surprise, surprise...

> Even Taiwan rejects the warped finding of that loaded "arbitration". Many other governments have rejected it too. Nor does the UN itself endorse the findings of that shambolic "arbitration".

The Philippines was hoodwinked into that arbitration claim. Look what happened as someone posted above

that no feature in the Spratly Islands, including Taiwan-occupied Itu Aba (or Taiping Island), is an island under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); 

that is very unfavoracle ruling to the owners/claimants of the islands

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Of course with only one party it's not even an arbitration

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