by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor … with Press TV, Tehran
This Chinese stubbornness has rolled the red carpet out for the support of the US helping to protect these other countries from the big bull China, the biggest public relations disaster I have seen China inflict upon itself.
Yes China is working to expand trade relations with them at the same time. But if China is playing a double game here it has given its neighbors permission to do the same.
All of the countries want to lay claim to the energy resources that are close to their shorelines and there is a long history of international maritime law to settle disputes. China cannot be allowed to reinvent the rules to fit its desires without allowing everyone else to do so, the result of which would have to be naval combat which the world has not seen since the Falkland wars.
The obvious solution would involve all the neighboring countries being assured of a fair piece of the pie based on a combination of maritime case law on economic zone calculation and the relative populations involved. China has an unsaid policy of its one billion plus population entitles it to the whole South China Sea.
At the end of the day that claim will be met by all of the other nations naval forces in opposition and China will be the big loser. This is a terrible backdrop to have for the new development bank starting off and the birthing of the New Silk Road. Chins should reconsider its dead end policy and fix it before the damage gets worse… Jim W. Dean ]
This interview has the highest views of any I have done for Press TV in the past year… 6000+
Beijing is accusing the United States of violating Chinese law after an American warship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea. The Foreign Ministry said the Chinese side near the island took relevant measures including monitoring and admonishments. The USS Curtis Wilbur sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island.
The US Defense Department said no Chinese military vessels were in the vicinity of the destroyer. According to the Pentagon, the move is aimed at challenging efforts to restrict freedom of navigation. China and its neighbors have been locked in territorial disputes in the South China Sea. China has repeatedly told the US to stay out of the row.