A ruling has been handed down. A visit has been concluded. And now, China has made a bold move to put emphasis on its rightful claim to territories along the South China Sea by airing a video in the heart of Times Square. Moreover, this is not something that is done once. The video will reportedly be shown 120 times a day for 12 straight days.
The film lasts three minutes and 12 seconds, long enough to showcase the South China Sea island of Nanhai Zhudao. The video states that as far as history goes, China was the first country to discover, name and utilize the islands along the South China Sea. Moreover, the video provides viewers with legal evidence that China has “sovereignty” over the South China Sea.
According to a report from state news agency CRI, the video is supposed to show on Times Square for 120 times a day from July 23 to August 3. Regarding the showing of the video in New York City, President of China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Reunification Ma Yue explained, “It is necessary for people at the ‘Crossroads of the World’ to watch the film. The world needs to know the truth.”
Just recently, U.S. Chief of Naval Operations completed his visit of the Chinese North Sea Fleet headquarters along with Chinese fleet commander Vice Adm. Yuan Yubai. During their meeting, Richardson said that the U.S. Navy will continue with its “routine and lawful operations” along the South China Sea.
In the past, the Chinese have frowned upon the freedom of navigation exercises conducted by the U.S. in the said area, saying that such freedom of navigation is only given to commercial vessels and not those belonging to the military.
During his visit, Richardson expressed his openness to bring the U.S. and Chinese navies closer together. Nonetheless, he also remarked, “I will be continuously reassessing my support conditioned on continued safe and professional interactions at sea. In this area we must judge each other by our deeds and actions, not just by our words.”