Strong words are the order of the day as China responds to US concerns over the establishment of Sansha city and garrison . It looks past the point of mincing words as this state media commentary sees China chiding the US for provocation and stoking antagonism. Perhaps strategically, proxy war at doorstep 2.0 a la Taiwan is not a scenario the Chinese understandably want repeated.
The other narrative is China simply reasserting its history. Whether this is the result of misdirection or otherwise, it is hard to tell. Despite contention over its own interpretation of historical maps as a self serving narrative (see China and the map if the nine dotted lines), its unwavering tone reinforces its disdain to those who disrupt what it sees as a domestic, regional affair in the resource and trade wind flashpoint.
What is the subtext here? ‘When an outsider attempts to make bigger waves, he is probably already on the beach waiting to pick up what will wash to shore.’
Official foreign ministry spokesperson Qin Gang 秦刚:
The U.S. side should follow the trend of the times, respect the common aspiration of countries in the region to maintain peace and stability and promote development, respect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and make more contributions to the peace and prosperity of the Asia Pacific. Source – China strongly opposes U.S. State Department’s statement on South China Sea: FM spokesman (Xinhua, August 4, 2012)
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Commentary: U.S. needs to behave itself over South China Sea
Editor: Mo Hong’e
Source – Xinhua, published August 4, 2012
BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) — The United States on Friday voiced concerns about rising tensions over South China Sea, and cited China’s establishment of Sansha city and garrison to single Beijing out for criticism.
As South China Sea is of strategic importance to global trade, any increase of instability in this body of water naturally triggers worldwide attention.
But it is pure common sense that volatile situations demand caution and discretion. When an outsider attempts to make bigger waves, he is probably already on the beach waiting to pick up what will wash ashore. Read the rest of this entry »
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