China Draws Fine Line Over South China Sea, Beijing Gears Up For War?

China Draws Fine Line Over South China Sea, Beijing Gears Up For War?
USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) underway in the South China Sea in May 2015 U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Philip Wagner / Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

China is not denying its bid on the South China Sea region. It has even confirmed that its envoy clarified the line with Japan. As the country tries to pursue power in the South China Sea region, a commentator warned about the implications of China’s rise to power. Could China be the threat the world is fearing?


China Warns Japan

China is not hiding its intent to conquer the South China Sea region. In fact, it is willing to call out players in the dispute including Japan. According to reports from Kyodo News Agency, Ambassador Cheng Yonghua talked to a Japanese official and said that Japan’s coordination with U.S.-led freedom of navigation operations (FONOPS) in the South China Sea could be considered crossing the line.

“We are firmly opposed to Japanese attempts to send its self-defense forces to join the so-called Freedom of Navigation operations by the U.S. in the South China Sea,” The Diplomat quoted Colonel Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of National Defense.

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“Japan is not a concerned party in the South China Sea issue, and has no right to intervene in relevant disputes.” Wu said as the official emphasized Japan’s position on the matter.

China to Conquer the World

Furthermore, another prominent commentator on Chinese affairs claims that China is becoming more powerful, and that may not be good news for the rest of the world. China’s rise to power is a product of thinking that it is normal for Beijing to be on top.

“The ruling won’t deter China from plans to increase its dominance of Southeast,” said Frank Ching.

“In its imagined world, the realisation of Xi Jinping’s ( 習近平 ) Chinese Dream will place China once again at the centre of the world, after a couple of centuries of being disrupted by Western imperialism.”

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