The South China Sea could see tensions rising further between South Korea and China especially following the decision of the United States to sanction a “greater use of force, including the use of firearms, to control its sea border.”
The warning about the use of a lethal force surfaced following China’s largely public debate US about its near the artificial islands Beijing has built in the South China Sea. Furthermore, China has voiced out its opposition against America’s plan to deploy a missile defense system to South Korea.
South Korea Prepared To Shoot Down China
Nonetheless, South Korean officials just summoned China’s ambassador to talk about the latest clash off the Korean peninsula’s west coast. A Chinese fishing vessel rammed into a coastguard patrol boat which sank it eventually. Because o the frequent clashes, South Korean coastguard officials announced on Tuesday that they are planning to authorize use of handguns and onboard cannon to target Chinese vessels if necessary.
“We will actively respond to Chinese fishing boats that obstruct justice by using all possible means if needed such as directly hitting and gaining control of those Chinese fishing boats as well as firing common weapons,” RT quoted South Korea’s deputy coastguard chief, Lee Choon-jae.
“Some countries seek absolute military superiority, ceaselessly strengthen their military alliances, and seek their own absolute security at the costs of other countries’ security,” claimed Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanguan after criticizing America for intervening in the region.
Duterte To Help Beijing Win?
On the other side of the spectrum, Quartz reported the Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte will be visiting China for the first time which the official also reportedly hopes to bring in loans and trade deals. However, as to the South China Sea issue, the report also noted that Duterte might just hand over the win.
“We cannot win that,” he said during a speech this week. “Even if we get angry, we’ll just be putting on airs. We can’t beat [China].”
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