Sunday, May 20, 2012
China blames spat on Philippines for not giving China what it wants and will begin drilling for oil in disputed areas taking on all contenders!
China warns Philippines on 'mistakes' in maritime spat: China was prepared to respond to ''any escalation'' in the maritime situation, Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying said. She also warned the Philippines it was making ''serious mistakes'' and damaging relations.The two countries have accused each other of maritime intrusions into disputed waters at the Scarborough Shoal. China claims sovereignty over a large U-shaped area of the South China Sea, bringing it into dispute with several neighboring countries. Philippine and Chinese vessels have been facing off at the shoal since 8 April.
China blames the Philippines for South China Sea dispute: A month-long standoff in the South China Sea between China and the Philippines picked up a notch today, with China accusing the Philippines of "continuous provocation" and warning that it is prepared to respond to any escalations.
The dispute is over what is known internationally as the Scarborough Shoal, a cluster of islands in the South China Sea less than 200 miles from the Philippines. The Philippines insists the shoal is within its exclusive economic zone, but China has staked claim to huge swathes of the South China Sea hundreds of miles from its shore, including this one (known in China as Huangyan Island), bringing it into conflict with several countries in the region.
China to Begin Oil Drill in Disputed Sea: The official Xinhua News Agency says China National Offshore Oil Corp's rig will start operations Wednesday in an area 320 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Hong Kong. It will drill at a depth of 1,500 meters (almost 5,000 feet), Xinhua said in a report Tuesday. "It is hoped that the Philippine side will not misjudge the situation, and not escalate tensions without considering consequences," Fu said.
China submitted a map to the U.N. in 2009 claiming virtually the entire South China Sea, but has not clarified the exact extent of its claims to the 200 islands, coral outcrops and banks spread over the potentially resource rich waters. Other claimants are Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.
Other nations must take stand on China: Philippines: The Philippine foreign secretary called on other nations to take a stand on China's new aggressiveness in a simmering territorial dispute over a shoal in the South China Sea. Albert del Rosario on Sunday warned in a statement that other nations would be affected by China's claim over the mineral-rich area if they did not speak up now, like the Philippines is doing.
He added that China's efforts to claim the entire South China Sea as its territory was "clearly baseless." The statement came amid increased tensions after China deployed ships near the Scarborough Shoal, an outcropping in the South China Sea just about 230 kilometres (140 miles) from the Philippines' main island of Luzon. The nearest Chinese land mass from Scarborough Shoal is Hainan province, 1,200 kilometres, (750 miles) to the northwest, according to Philippine naval maps given to the media.
examples of China's recent military flexing
a history of what got us here and what we must do
China now asserts all seas in and around Asia are hers and all other Nations around the world better honor that or else!