The incident at sea between China and the U.S. Navy this last weekend indicates a growing truth among Chinese military officers: the seas adjacent to China wherever they extend are de facto Chinese terrirtory and the U.S. needs to leave.
This is in violation of international law which grants free passage to all who operate in international waters.
China is complaining saying the U.S. ship, while not in their territorial waters was in their “economic zone,” a claim that also pits the Chinese directly at odds with 5 countries (Taiwan, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam and Malaysia) who would like to have their own territorial waters.
But China now has repeatedly expressed and demonstrated distain for international law — a a certain ability to push people around.
“They seem to be more militarily aggressive,” National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair told .
“I think the debate is still on in military power increases they will be used for good or for pushing people around.”whether as their
But the Chinese say all the fault for this weekend’s incident belongs to the U.S.
“Go and ask the Americans, ask their embassy,” China’s Vice Admiral Jin Mao, former PLA Navy , told Reuters on the sidelines of parliament when asked about the incident. “Ask their officials what their ship was doing in Chinese waters.”
The fact is, the American ship operating in international waters is protected by international law — even if it is searching for submarines.
Beijing will take a tougher stand against other nations as its naval ambitions grow, said analyst Shi Yinhong.
“The United States is present everywhere on the world’s seas, but these kinds of incidents may grow as China’s naval activities expand,” Shi, an expert on regional security at Renmin University in Beijing, said.
Analyst Shi said the seas off Hainan were important to China’s projection of its influence with a modern.
“The change is in China’s attitude. This reflects the hardening line in Chinese foreign policy and the importance we attach to the strategic value of the.”
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Chong-pin Lin, Professor at the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies at Tamkang University in Taiwan says, “I think the objective of the grand strategy of China is to squeeze out, very slowly and very gradually, the influence of the United States in East Asia, without war.”
A budget analyst at the U.S. Navy in the Pentagon told Peace and Freedom, “Our futue problem is this: with our current and projected budget deficits and debt, the U.S. will not be able to afford the navy it has now — while China will grow and improve its navy and take whatever it wants in the world. That is the trend we see.”