South China Sea War: China Sees Australia As ‘Ideal Target To Strike’?

South China Sea War: China Sees Australia As ‘Ideal Target To Strike’?
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’s expansive claims in the disputed South China Sea received a setback after the international judgment. However, it seems like Beijing is claiming victory.


It has not even been three weeks since the International Court of Arbitration in the Hague reached a verdict.

Now, along with Beijing’s victorious attitude, China is projecting an extremely aggressive posture towards Australia. This is because Australia stated earlier that China should respect international law, said ABC News.

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A joint statement was issued by Australia, according to Beijing. In that statement, Australia said that the U.S. and Japan last week called for China to follow the Arbitration ruling on the South China Sea conflict.

But Beijing considered the statement a failure, as few other nations publicly backed China’s stance. Australia had been pressurized by China more than once since the court decision.

There was a small but well-organized protest in Melbourne from a few of the members of the Chinese community. They were demanding that Australia must support China’s rejection of the ruling.

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With the help of the state-controlled media, China is claiming diplomatic victory over Australia. An extraordinarily bitter attack was made by the Communist Party’s unofficial tabloid Global Times.

The tabloid published a lead editorial vilifying Australia as a “paper cat.” It stated that Australia has an “inglorious history” frequently mocked by others.

“Australia is a unique country with an inglorious history. It was at first an offshore prison of the UK and then became its colony, a source of raw materials, overseas market and land of investment,” Global Times said.

“This country was established through uncivilized means, in a process filled with the tears of the aboriginals.”

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang denounced Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in the editorial. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman stated that Australia must “carefully talk and cautiously behave”.

It could actually appear that China might be considering Australia as its first ideal target in the whole South China Sea conflict.

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  • britbob

    The findings by the Hague tribunal contain a series of criticisms of China’s actions and claims. The court declares that “although Chinese navigators and fishermen, as well as those of other states, had historically made use of the islands in the South China Sea, there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or their resources.
    “The tribunal concluded that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line’.”

    Although China will complain this judgment was expected and falls into line with similar judgments made by the PCA/ICJ.

    Another case that supports this view of effective sovereignty is relevant is the Minquiers and Ecrehos Case, France/UK of 17th November 1953. In this case both the UK and France had requested the ICJ to determine which country held sovereignty over the uninhabited Islets and rocks in the Minquiers and Ecrehos. France had claimed sovereignty because of historic sovereignty going back to the Dutchy of Normandy in the 11th century while the UK claimed that Jersey had historically exercised administrational jurisdiction on them. The Court decided that in the absence of valid treaty provisions, they considered the argument that the British government has exercised effective control to be superior, so that sovereignty control over the Minquiers and Ecrehos belonged to the UK. (the UK had protested to the French government when a French national had intended to build a house on one of the islats and any deaths occurring on the islets were dealt with by inquests held on Jersey). ICJ Minquiers & Ecrehos Judgment, 17 Nov 1953, p28, paras 6 & 12.
    The ICJ has already determined at an earlier tribunal that No delimitation between states with opposite or adjacent coasts may be affected unilaterally by one of those states. And , The delimitation of the exclusive economic zone between states with opposite or adjacent coasts shall be affected by agreement on the basis of international law… So the latest PCA ruling comes as no surprise.
    For that and some other interesting judgments on territorial seas and to gain an understanding as to how the world court deals with such disputes Google: ”Falklands – Territorial Waters Academia” Or use link:-

  • Onevoice

    China actually wants to keep Australia as a friend. Australia is not a country that has to meddle in South China Sea dispute to against China. Unfortunately Australia chose so, then there is a ground why China is so angry with Australia’s unexpected and unnecessary involvement.