ACCUMULATING PERIPHERALS


South China Sea gets warmer by mattsteinglass
March 13, 2009, 10:53 am
Filed under: China, Vietnam

Are these things all coincidental?

  • On March 8, 75 miles off of the Chinese submarine base on Hainan Island in the South China Sea, several Chinese Navy ships surrounded and blocked a US Navy ship towing a submarine detection sensor array and attempted to fish up the sensor array with grappling hooks.
  • On March 5, Malaysian PM Badawi paid a visit to one of the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea and reaffirmed Malaysia’s claim to sovereignty over the islands.
  • On March 6, China protested the Malaysian claim.
  • On March 6, Taiwan reasserted its claim to sovereignty over the islands.
  • On March 10, the Philippines passed a law asserting its sovereignty over part of the Spratlys and the Scarborough Shoal.
  • On March 11, China protested the Philippines’ law and insisted on its sovereignty over all of the Spratlys and the Scarborough Shoal.
  • On March 12, Vietnam protested the Philippines’ and Chinese declarations and reasserted its claim to sovereignty over the Spratlys.
  • By May 13, the UN has asked all signatories to the Law of the Sea Treaty to submit maps delineating their claims to the continental shelves surrounding their countries, including the oil-rich areas of the South China Sea, 80 percent of which is claimed by China.

Obviously not. The question is what the US plans to do to reassert its traditional insistence on freedom of passage in international waters, which it, unlike China, considers the South China Sea to be.

Advertisements

Leave a Comment so far
Leave a comment



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s



%d bloggers like this: