Yesterday NAMAZU called for war preparation by America, Japan and others to halt Chinese Aggression in the South and East China Seas where the dragon is gobbling up islands sometimes within sight of the mainland beach of neighboring states. China's relentless attitude is well displayed by the editorial in today's PRC English language version of the Global Times. It almost seems like a direct answer to Namazu.
"CHINA WILL NOT BE PASSIVE IN SEA DISPUTES": STRAIGHT FROM THE DRAGON'S MOUTH, THE BELOW EDITORIAL DESCRIBES CHINA' S ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE ISLANDS OF THE CHINA SEAS IN THEIR OWN WORDS.
|A SEA DRAGON, MYTHICAL MONSTERS BY CHARLES GOULD 1886|
"Chinese naval fleets recently conducted patrols on the South China Sea, reaching as far as Zengmu Reef, the southernmost part of Chinese territory. In an oath-taking ceremony on board Tuesday, the troops and officials vowed to safeguard China's sovereignty.
Earlier this month, a Chinese vessel fired two warning signal shells into the sky to prevent illegal fishing operations by Vietnamese fishermen. Both showed China's firm determination to insist upon its stance amid the South China Sea disputes.
Washington expressed its concerns in both cases, reinforcing its attitude that the US can interfere in the South China Sea issue any time.
Despite the fact that John Kerry, the new US secretary of state, has stepped into office and some side effects brought by his predecessor's aggressive approach are in decline, the US stance on the South China Sea will not fundamentally change. Behind China's frictions with the Philippines and Vietnam is actually the rivalry between Beijing and Washington over the South China Sea.
After Hillary Clinton's four-year intervention into the South China Sea issue with her "smart power" diplomacy, and Manila and Hanoi's frictions with Beijing, all kinds of risks within the South China Sea issue have become evident. All parties involved now have a clearer understanding of each other's national strength and determination.
China, through powerful countermeasures against Manila and Hanoi's provocations, has changed its passive status. Beijing had been worried that frictions on the South China Sea would cause deterioration in its surrounding environment and thus undermine its period of strategic opportunities. Now most of its concerns have been dispelled."
Link To Full Editorial: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/771547.shtml#.UVSsfRyG1wk
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