China's aggressive moves to claim the waters in South China Sea is a critical story with potential international ramifications!
Yet it's also a story you have likely have heard little to nothing about!
On Tuesday July 12, 2016, a tribunal in The Hague is scheduled to release its decision about whether China has violated international law with its bold and aggressive actions to claim territory in the disputed South China Sea.
The other countries involved also making claims includes the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Taiwan and Indonesia and China has said that it will not adhere to any ruling that is made.
But why should you care about the South China Sea? Watch...
The South China Sea Story
'China’s sweeping claims of sovereignty over the sea—and the sea’s alleged 11 billion barrels of untapped oil and 190 trillion cubic feet of natural gas—have antagonized competing claimants Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Taiwan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. As early as the 1970s, countries began to claim as their own islands and various zones in the South China Sea such as the Spratly islands, which may possess rich natural resources and fishing areas.
China maintains that under international law, foreign militaries are not able to conduct intelligence gathering activities, such as reconnaissance flights, in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). According to the United States, countries should have freedom of navigation through EEZs in the sea and are not required to notify claimants of military activities. China’s claims threaten sea lines of communication, which are important maritime passages that facilitate trade and the movement of naval forces. In response to China’s assertive presence in the disputed territory, Japan sold military ships and equipment to the Philippines and Vietnam in order to improve their maritime security capacity and to deter Chinese aggression.
In recent years, China has built three airstrips on the contested Spratly Islands to extend its presence in disputed waters, and militarized Woody Island by deploying fighter jets, cruise missiles, and a radar system. China has warned its Southeast Asian neighbors against drilling for oil and gas in the contested region, which has disrupted other nations’ oil exploration and seismic survey activities. To challenge China’s claims in international waters, the United States has occasionally deployed destroyer ships on freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea to promote freedom of passage. Currently, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague is hearing a claim brought by the Philippines against China, although Beijing refuses to accept the court’s authority.' (Source)
The Hague To Decide While China Has Boycotted The Tribunal And Any Decision
In other words the exercise to decide whether China is in violation of international law is in fact nothing more than mental masturbation as China does not and will not acknowledge the tribunal's authority.
The government there says that it will not “accept, recognize or execute” any parts of the decision.
A top Chinese newspaper has warned that the U.S. would have to pay a "price" if it continues to interfere in territorial disputes between Beijing and its neighbors over the South China Sea. "That's exactly the position taken by China", a separate Global Times article asserts.
Refuting Japan's accusation, the Chinese Defence Ministry asked Tokyo to cease all provocations over the East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) around the disputed islands called Sankakus by Japan and Diaoyus by China in the East China Sea.
China has built a runway on Woody Island, the site of the largest Chinese presence on the Paracels, and placed surface-to-air missiles there, according to US officials.
Tensions are high in the South China Sea, a waterway that hosts $5 trillion in trade a year - and a bunch of territorial disputes. (Source)
So with all of the domestic issues currently facing the United States, the impact of festering and volatile issues across the globe are no less important!
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