Map of the South China Sea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
#AceWorldNews – BEIJING – May 09 – China’s foreign ministry blamed the US Friday for stoking tensions in the disputed South China Sea by encouraging countries to engage in dangerous behaviour. China has constructed an oil rig in the disputed waters, which the US called provocative and unhelpful.
China this week accused Vietnamese vessels of colliding with its own ships in the South China Sea and Vietnam said that Chinese vessels used water cannon and rammed eight of it ships. In another part of the South China Sea Philippine police have seized a Chinese boat, which they say was illegally fishing for Sea Turtles, a protected species, Beijing is demanding that the Philippines release the fishing boat.
(PressTV) – February 11 – The war of words continues between the US and its allies, and China.
At the Foreign Ministry in Beijing, spokeswoman Hua Chunying condemned the recent remarks by Japanese leaders aimed at casting a sympathetic light on their country’s wartime history. She also defended China’s new Air Defense Zone over the East China Sea, together with its recent moves to regulate fishing in the South China Sea.
With Western analysts saying China is planning a second Air Defense Zone for the South China Sea, America’s Assistant Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific Danny Russell has suggested that China is aiming at regional hegemony. China’s Foreign Ministry has responded by accusing the US itself of undermining peace.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Last month Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Germany and the UK went to war in 1914 in spite of strong economic ties, and warned that China and Japan must avoid the same fate.
Historians say Germany attacked a century ago because it feared encirclement. So perhaps the World War One comparison is a fair one.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will be visiting China from Thursday. Allaying mutual suspicion should be the greatest of his concerns.