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    China Tightens Grip on Disputed Islands Amid Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak

    China Tightens Grip on Disputed Islands Amid Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak

    China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) exploits the misery created by coronavirus

    With neighboring countries struggling with the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, Beijing is tightening its control of disputed islands in the South China Sea. During President Barack Obama’s time in office, China began a massive project of creating artificial islands in the area. These man-made islands have since been converted into military installations, naval bases, and aircraft landing strips for the Chinese military.

    Beijing is now setting up fictitious local governments on these islands in a ploy to legitimize its clams over the territory, the Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported citing official sources. China stakes claim on nearly 90 percent of the waters in the area, rejecting the territorial sovereignty of many of its maritime neighbors, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan.

    While the world is reeling under the human and economic cost of the Wuhan virus, Communist China is ramping up its military intimidation of its weaker rivals. In the midst of the outbreak, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) carried out several “naval and air intrusions in Taiwan and Japan,” foreign police journal The Diplomat confirmed on Friday.

    Hong Kong-based newspaper South China Morning Post reported on Saturday:

    Beijing has moved to tighten its grip over the South China Sea by setting up new administrative structures in the disputed waters.

    The two new districts will be under the authority of the local government in Sansha, a city in the southern island of Hainan.

    The new districts will govern the Paracels and Macclesfield Bank – an area claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan – as well as the Spratly Islands and their adjacent waters, where there are multiple overlapping claims.

    Over the past six years China has sought to expand its control over the South China Sea by building artificial islands and facilities that can be used for military purposes. (…)

    Beijing claims almost all of the area but has conflicting claims with Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei. The conflict has remained unresolved for decades and has now become another flashpoint with the US.

    The Chinese aggression is not limited to the South China Sea, Beijing makes territorial claims on 18 of its neighbors. These disputes are not restricted to maritime claims, but extend to the vast 2,000-mile mountainous border it shares with India. The border row reignited between the two Asian neighbors in 2017 after New Delhi accused the Chinese military of incursion into its territory.

    With Beijing’s growing economic clout, many of its neighbors watch the Communist regime’s expansionist plans with great anxiety. The One Belt, One Road ­project, initiated in 2013, gives China control of roads, railways, and power grids in nearly 70 countries spread across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. The Chinese Army has acquired naval bases in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Sea under the cover of the One Belt, One Road Initiative.

    While nations of the world struggle to deal with the contagion which originated in central China, Beijing is pushing ahead with a military expansion at cost to its weaker neighbors. Communist China shamelessly exploits the human suffering and economic misery it created by downplaying and covering-up the origins of the life-threatening contagion.

    Philippines dispute Chinese expansion at South China Sea

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    CommoChief | April 19, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Maybe if we had some sort of strategic deterrent available in the area, like an Aircraft Carrier ……

      Milhouse in reply to CommoChief. | April 19, 2020 at 9:37 pm

      Other than sail through to assert the right of navigation, what can it do? Fire on Chinese forces, and risk a war?!

        CommoChief in reply to Milhouse. | April 20, 2020 at 11:52 pm

        Well I suppose it could conduct low level flights over any craft acting to inhibit navigation and then having identified ‘rouge’ pirate vessels engage those craft. All the while broadcasting that intent and the follow on actions on civilian maritime frequencies.

        Of course these must be pirates, clearly couldn’t be PRC vessels no matter how these pirates try to identify themselves. No doubt about it, pirates are full of tricks, lying about their identity is the least of them.

        In other words, dear PRC, we got rid of these pirates for you. They must have been pirates because no responsible nation state would willingly undertake those sorts of actions.

        Another way would be to intercept a ship or ships with cargo to the PRC and upon inspection, unfortunately the ships were under the control of pirates and had to be destroyed. There seem to be lots and lots of pirates along your shipping routes PRC. It’s a big world with lots of ocean other than the South China sea, but don’t worry PRC, the U.S. has a naval presence worldwide and we will be happy to assist with your sudden pirate problems. No one wants pirates now do they?

        Bottom line is no gun boats means no gun boat diplomacy, and diplomacy, even gun boat diplomacy, is preferable to an open shooting war. Everything short of that is preferable, especially when we are, for a while at least, able to set the terms of the engagement.

    McGehee | April 19, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    If only U.S. policy really did have control over the rise or fall of sea levels…

    GitOffMahLawn | April 20, 2020 at 10:39 am

    “the largest celebrity gathering so far to fight the pandemic.”

    Nope. Not even close to correct. This gathering was to further the spread of WHO agitprop.

    Thanks to leftards in hollywood and the drooling sheep that worship them, 150 million goes to this “worthy” cause.


    GatorGuy | April 21, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Well said, CommoChief.

    Add in the notion of the little likelihood of coincidence in all this and you really can’t deny the ruby-red blush you might get in accepting the proposition that losing the TR (CVN-71) for a while from the South-China-Sea (SCS) scene at least enabled a way to give the CCP a try at enhanced, unencumbered neo-lebensraum, if you will.

    Gosh, “We never had it so easy and good!” I’d bet the Party is generally feeling today, maybe going on to add, “Sinking a Vietnamese fishing vessel on the open sea was never so much fun, and relatively cost-free!”

    Mark this, please: Whatever and however long it takes; by whatever means short of but not absolutely excluding some non-escalating, non-nuclear, any MAD-based battling — we’ve got to kick the CCP’S ass back to the internationally recognized framework that existed prior to the dredging up of land’s creating novel, highly contested CCP “territory,” beneath the SCS.

    Either there is some manner of force attached to the defiance of a lawful verdict of a mutually recognized tribunal (to which the CCP was a litigating party), or there isn’t. Reason must still make right, not might, or we’re all through — including the CCP.

    So, I’m thinking specifically of strong, civil, reparative action with the world’s Wuhan virus-infected/affected nations in league with us. Money talks so much louder then even guns. (Germany’s Bild editor, Julian Reichelt, has brilliantly and bravely made his country’s apparent Wuhan-virus-related damage-claim clear and convincing.)

    Finally, neo makes a great meteorological/geographical point above regarding the limits of populating the disputed islands as a CCP deterrent against any military action, if it would ever be considered later on. Works for us.

    GatorGuy | April 21, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    So, I’m thinking specifically of strong, civil, reparative action with the world’s Wuhan virus-infected/affected nations in league with us. Money talks so much louder thAn even guns. (Of course.)

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