It seems that China is not content with maintaining disputes with its Asian neighbors alone. Apparently, its word war has reached the West as it accuses the United States of encouraging other Asian countries to pursue their respective territorial disputes with the communist nation.
With the way China has been claiming sovereignty over islands in the South China and East China Sea, you would think China owns majority of Asia already. But Japan, has been adamant that the Senkakus are theirs while Vietnam and the Philippines also claim sovereignty over an oil drilling rig in the South China waters. While these most certainly should give China something to worry about, Asia’s biggest nation continues to go about its business, even so far as ramming Vietnam’s patrol ships that were circling the disputed waters.
Such threatening acts have prompted the United States, who never hid its interest in the Asia-Pacific region, to label China’s actions as “provocative.” The Asian nation did not take these words kindly, forcing Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying to counter, “It is the U.S. coming in and making a series of erroneous remarks about the issue in the waters, encouraging certain countries’ threatening and provocative behavior.” She added, “We hope that U.S. can consider carefully, if it really wants the Pacific to be pacific, then what role should the U.S. be playing?” Hua also said that Foreign Minister Wang Yi has warned U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry “to be prudent in words and actions.”
While the latest issue in the Pacific was triggered by the oil drilling rig, trouble has been brewing for a long time with China claiming majority of the Asian waters that other nations have staking their territory as well. In the China Daily, a state-run newspaper, the government of Chinese President Xi Jinping has accused Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines of making the situation in the region worse, encouraged by “malicious third parties,” probably referring to the US.
[via The Borneo Post]
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