Overseas Online Review:The United States is the biggest destructive factor of peace in the South China Sea
On July 14, a spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hua Chunying listed 10 facts on the social platform to fight back US Secretary of State Peng Peng Peo’s so-called statement concerning the South China Sea. (Source:Twitter)
On July 13, local time, US Secretary of State Pompeo issued a so-called South China Sea-related statement.”Stigmatization” and”pulling” are the distinctive features of this statement. The statement deviated from the long-standing attitude of the US Government on the issue of the sovereignty of the South Island Reef, which was a serious regression of the US South China Sea position. The United States not only continues to increase its weight on the weight of containing China, but also tries to break into the wedge between China and ASEAN countries to interfere with the peace process in the South China Sea. The United States has become the biggest destructive factor in peace in the South China Sea.
The stigmatization of China’s presence in the South China Sea is the starting point of Pompeo’s so-called South China Sea declaration. In the statement, Pompeo used”bullying”,”coercion” and”intimidation” to describe China’s behavior in the South China Sea, and put China in the South China Sea as a”bully country” to highlight the United States. Disturb the”legality” of the South China Sea. But it is not the United States that has the most say on this issue, but the countries surrounding the South China Sea.
For example, Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir publicly stated that the United States and other extraterritorial interventions have stated, “I believe China will exercise restraint on the South China Sea issue, but the problem is that external countries that are “unfriendly” to China will try”Provocation.” In April this year, Western media speculated the so-called”confrontation” between China and Malaysia near the Malaysian oil drilling ship”West Capella”. The US Navy sent warships to merge with Australian warships, claiming to resist the Chinese threat. However, Malaysian Defense Minister Mohammed Shab said,”China respects Malaysia and has not done anything to cause trouble to Malaysia.”
Furthermore, the establishment of a consultation mechanism on the South China Sea issue between China, the Philippines, China, Malaysia, and Vietnam shows that China and the neighboring countries of the South China Sea have made substantial progress in consultations to resolve the South China Sea issue. China’s stigmatization clearly lacks factual support.
The United States’ abandonment of its “no stand” attitude in the South China Sea sovereignty dispute is at the core of Pompeo’s so-called South China Sea declaration. Pompeo’s statement, citing the result of the so-called arbitration award, refused to recognize China’s sovereignty over the islands and reefs such as the Meiji Reef and Renai Reef, denied Zengmu Shoal as the southernmost territory of China, and stated in the statement as Wan’an Beach, Lukang Shoal, Da Naturna’s waters near Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries deny China’s development of marine fisheries and marine resources in these waters Other legitimate rights and interests.
The United States not only ignored China’s historic rights in the South China Sea, but also categorically denied that the Chinese government had based on the Potsdam Announcement Waiting for the historical facts of reclaiming the sovereignty of Nansha Islands and reefs openly challenges the international order formed after World War II. As can be seen from Pompeo’s statement, the US side has unabashedly taken sides on the issue of the sovereignty of the South China Sea, and its position is obviously biased, and its attitude on the South China Sea issue has seriously regressed.
The vigorous efforts to shape the image of the United States in the South China Sea as”justice” are the tactics of Pompeo’s so-called South China Sea declaration. In a statement, Pompeo said that the world does not allow China to regard the South China Sea as its”sea empire”, and has just shaped the United States as a”spokesperson” for the world. Pompeo also said that the United States will, in accordance with international law, work with his allied Southeast Asian allies and partners to safeguard their sovereign rights.
The hypocrisy of the United States is that international law is regarded as a”shame cloth” for its hegemonic behavior:the United States is not a signatory of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, but its use of international law as a pretext for stigmatizing China In the South China Sea, the denial of China’s legal claim in the South China Sea fully demonstrates the US hegemony and bandit logic of international conventions including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, “cooperating while using, and not conforming to”.
Adding”weight” to the weight of containing China is the main strategic purpose of the United States in issuing the so-called South China Sea position statement. In the statement, the opening chapter broke the title with the support of the”free and open Indian Pacific”, which fully demonstrated the geopolitical ambitions of the United States on the South China Sea issue. Since the Trump administration proposed the”Indo-Pacific Strategy” in the 2017 version of the US National Security Strategy Report, the so-called”free and open Indo-Pacific” has been given too many geopolitical implications.
In Washington’s eyes, the Indo-Pacific region is an arena for “power competition”:The United States believes that China’s construction of a maritime power is bound to jeopardize its position in the Indo-Pacific region and even the world. In fact, based on this perception, the Trump administration has stepped up its”grey zone” operations in the South China Sea and accelerated the pace of containment of China.
Public data show that since Trump entered the White House, in less than four years, the US government has carried out more than 20 freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea, this figure is the Obama administration 8 The number of times of freedom of navigation is four times that of the year. The United States has also stepped up militarization operations in the South China Sea. In 2019 alone, the United States held at least 50 exercises of various types in the South China Sea in conjunction with countries surrounding the South China Sea, such as the Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore, as well as countries outside the region such as Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France, India, and Canada. These military exercises are of various types and have wide fields and obvious directions.
In early July, the United States once again dispatched two aircraft carriers to cooperate with military exercises in the South China Sea. In addition, the United States has strengthened military diplomacy in the South China Sea. The most typical incident is that the Trump administration has opened a precedent for warships to dock in Vietnamese ports since the end of the Vietnam War. At present, American warships have docked in Vietnam twice. It can be seen that the actions of the United States in the South China Sea region have obviously strengthened, and using the South China Sea issue to contain China is an established strategic means of the United States. Now, in the form of a statement of position, the United States is trying to legitimize its actions in the South China Sea region. Outerwear.
By issuing the so-called South China Sea statement, the United States also tried to break into the “wedge” between China and ASEAN countries. In recent years, with the joint efforts of China and ASEAN countries, the situation in the South China Sea has generally remained stable, and consultations on the South China Sea Code of Conduct are also proceeding in an orderly manner. In this context, the United States deliberately provoked the conflict between China and other claimants in the South China Sea, alienated the relationship between China and ASEAN countries, and intended to interfere with the consultation process of the South China Sea Code of Conduct.
It is foreseeable that US actions in the South China Sea will become more frequent and challenges to China will become more explicit. The United States is not a party to the dispute in the South China Sea, but it frequently intervenes in the South China Sea issue. Under the guise of maintaining stability in the South China Sea, showing off military force, showing tension, and instigating confrontation in the region, the United States will only be convinced that the United States acts as a disruptor, destroyer and The disgraceful character of the spoiler.
(He Xianqing, Special Commentator of Overseas Network)