[International Herald Tribune, France]



Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China

America Stirs Anti-China Fears in South China Sea


Is China the victim of a campaign mounted by the United States to turn the nations adjacent to the South China Sea against Beijing? According to columnist Liang Fengming of China's state-run Huanqui, the U.S. is seeking to demonize China by inflaming territorial disputes between China and other states like Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, South Korea and others - which are none of America's business.


By Liang Fengming [梁凤鸣]


Translated by Sarah Chan


June 24, 2011


People's Republic of China - Huanqiu - Original Article (Chinese)

On June 21, the U.S. and Japanese governments publicized their so-called common strategic objectives, which explicitly called on China to stop "obstructing" shipping in the South China Sea.


In regard to interfering with the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that China is simply upholding its sovereign and maritime rights in accordance with international law, which doesn't affect any other country's freedom of navigation. So as far as this so-called freedom of navigation - there are no such problems.


This is the truth. As one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, over 40,000 vessels travel through the South China Sea safely and unimpeded every year. There has never been a single incident of China obstructing normal navigation. There is clearly no basis in fact to this accusation. Moreover, the United States and Japan have satellites and ocean-going vessels with the world's most powerful intelligence-gathering capabilities, so are well aware of the ease and freedom with which they navigate. Therefore, frankly speaking, they have ulterior motives for making such a fuss and hurling accusations at China to stop "obstructing" their nation's ships.   



Those who are impeding freedom of navigation in the South China Sea are not from China, but are precisely those who have made a habit of blaming others. This can be demonstrated by a fact: every year, the U.S. doesn't hesitate to zip around for thousands of miles every year, sending all kinds of military surveillance ships, survey vessels and spy planes to vigorously monitor activity in the South China Sea in order to gather intelligence on the surrounding countries and undermine regional peace and stability. If we weren't so forgetful, we would recall that last year, it was the United States who traveled from far and wide to China's door step to hold joint military exercises; it is also the United States that frequently touts the excuse of "freedom of navigation" to use its huge aircraft carrier battle groups in the South China Sea and adjacent waters to tyrannize and intimidate countries adjacent to it …


Competing territorial claims in the South China Sea: China sees

the United States meddling, whereas other nations in the region

regard the U.S. as playing a balancing role.


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In regard to the issue of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, the U.S. doesn't hesitate to openly distort the truth and fabricate rumors to discredit China, but it isn't as simple as deliberately provoking China. On the one hand, there is indeed a dispute in the region of the South China Sea. The U.S. is "forming cliques" and "speaking out on a matter of principle" to oppose the Chinese side undoubtedly so that other ASEAN countries favor American intervention in their local affairs. On the other hand, by vigorously advocating a "threat to the freedom of navigation and security in the South China Sea," the U.S. has given the international community a false impression of the worrying situation in the South China Sea. As a footnote, some Western politicians have fabricated the idea of the "China threat" to drive a wedge between China and other Southeast Asian nations as a way of restraining China's development. The United States doesn't listen to China's advice and does everything possible to make the South China Sea issue international and multilateral; this is precisely Washington's purpose.


The South China Sea issue is a regional affair. International practice shows that the best solution is for parties to a dispute to find a resolution through bilateral negotiations. Asia is on the rise and Asian countries have the capacity to resolve their own concerns. U.S. interference in this issue only makes things more complicated and difficult to resolve. But this is consistent with how the U.S. has always behaved. As an American historian on early 20th century U.S. diplomacy put it: "to pursue expansionism, the American empire has always considered itself the guardian of international order; but wherever they went, they created more turmoil and confusion." I believe this is the voice of experience.


The actions of the United States in the South China Sea once again prove that despite China's peaceful development, which has become a mainstream movement in the world and is widely recognized by most countries, the U.S. continues to cling to its Cold War mentality and the logic that the "most powerful must dominate." It is conceited, excludes outsiders and cannot tolerate China's growing national strength, regional influence and reasonable growth. As China continues to rise, we are destined to face more such criticism and challenges. In this regard, we must be vigilant, and also prepared.



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