China Raises Stakes in South China Sea
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  • Kevin

    If china really is trying to organize a diplomatic counteroffensive this seems like a poor way to go about it. Driving up nationalist sentiment in its neighbors seems like a poor way to attract friends. Trying to intimidate its neighbors only drives them into the arms of the US. It seems more likely they don’t have a coherent vision of what they intend to accomplish and how they will do it. rather I suspect various ministers and official are freelancing and doing whatever they can to appeal to domestic opinion, much of which is quite hard line. Maybe after the new leadership consolidates China will undertake a more coherent policy better matching means to ends. Until then it is somewhat like Japan in the 1930s, where different leaders pursued their own schemes.

  • Why did China and Vietnam go to war back in the late 1970’s? I can’t remember. So I looked it up in Wikipedia. Lots of basic info not irrelevant to what’s going on now:

  • Kris

    [email protected]: Since it wasn’t in tinyurl form, I followed your link and was amused by the following: “The Sino–Vietnamese War, also known as the Third Indochina War, known in the PRC as ‘Defensive Counterattack against Vietnam’ and in Vietnam as ‘War against Chinese expansionism'”.

  • ZhangLan

    “The United States for many years has been committed to the position that the territorial disputes in the South China Sea need to be settled by negotiations among the various parties concerned in a multilateral forum.”

    1. Here is the text of the current ASEAN agreement in respect of the South China Sea, which calls for BI-LATERAL resolution of disputes.

    2. Secondly, which great nation made this position statement last week? –

    “”We simply are not persuaded that decisions by the International Seabed Authority and international tribunals empowered by [the UNCLOS] treaty will be more favorable to [our national] interests than bilateral negotiations, voluntary arbitration, and other traditional means of resolving maritime issues,” the two [politicians] said in a joint statement. “No international organization owns the seas, and we are confident that our country will continue to protect its navigational freedom, valid territorial claims, and other maritime rights.”

    It wasn’t China, that’s for sure

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