I am new in this South China Sea issue, just wondering what those Vietnamese members are doing all the complaints, if they already taken those Islands clearly in Philippine's 200 nautical miles....
An interesting question.
We have controlled over the two archipelagoes of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa from the 15th century peacefully, there was no dispute with any country until the early 20th century.
We have managed it first, without anyone was there. We never use force to seize the islands....
She not only claim those islands. She already occupied 40 of them and she wants all of all of them, including the Filipino's 9 , China's 7 and Taiwan's lonely 1. Sneakily Vietnam, with her sugar daddies backings, she wants the hegemony of SCS and blaming China to be the aggressor at the same time.
China having warships in pakistan, Myanmar and srilanka.. Then we should also have our ships near south china sea..
Good work by vietnam and india, continue..
Assisting vietnam with ship building and offering them brahmos will be a gr8 privilege for us..
Soon India-vietnam ties will be stronger than pak-china ties.
Btw your notion that an island should be within 200 nm of a mainland nation in order to be claimed by the said nation,is fundamentally flawed.right to ownership of islands depends on history and not in your 200nm limit.
Last edited by shuttler; 04-26-2012 at 11:46 PM.
If China wants to reduce external power influence in ASEAN and East Asia, may be they can do it by supporting the formation of ASEAN+ group (Japan+Korea+ASEAN-10+Sri Lanka+Bangladesh+PNG+Timor Leste). This group with a billion population in a EU type union can form its own security and strategic umbrella like NATO. This will definitely reduce Indian or US influence as there will be no need for strategic alliance with them. Also it will be good for Asian regional economy as it will integrate the region and make borders irrelevant.
The downside for China is that it will have a powerful bloc all around its Southern border. But by helping its formation, may be it can become a permanent ally with this bloc and get the first mover advantage. I am sure Indians lack this kind of vision, so expecting anything from them is a hopeless cause. And US/West are just too short sighted for this kind of project.
Sometimes you have to give something to win big in the long term. I think it is food for thought for Chinese professional strategic thinkers.
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