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What is the row about?
At the heart of the dispute are eight uninhabited islands and rocks in the East China Sea. They have a total area of about 7 sq km and lie north-east of Taiwan, east of the Chinese mainland and south-west of Japan's southern-most prefecture, Okinawa. The islands are controlled by Japan.
They matter because they are close to important shipping lanes, offer rich fishing grounds and lie near potential oil and gas reserves. They are also in a strategically significant position, amid rising competition between the US and China for military primacy in the Asia-Pacific region.
The U.S. government says China has been unclear about the legal basis for its claim that encompasses most of the sea. Taiwan's government, the Republic of China, first adopted that basis before 1949 when it ruled all of China. It sticks to that claim today.
"Considering that the ... maps predate the People's Republic of China, the views of Taiwan are also of interest," the State Department said in a study released last year.
Except that would kill the US economy too. For some weird reason our politicians love to make our greatest enemy our largest trade partner. China has already said they will not allow anything to get in the way of them claiming this land, not even the US, and they will go to war if we try.
Somehow you still back China.
originally posted by: stumason
originally posted by: Isurrender73
And they see this as a necessary buffer zone. This is a UN problem. The US are not the world police.
How exactly do you suppose the UN will solve this when China sits on the UNSC and can veto anything that crosses their table?
China is encroaching on many of the neighbours in the region, ignores any attempt at arbitration and is actively building it's military capability to defend it's claims. Something has to give, at some point.
originally posted by: PublicOpinion
a reply to: Vector99
Distance between Hawaii and California: 2471 miles. Oh my ...
I guess a 12 mile-zone surrounding Hawaii is not mandatory for Chinese warships either? Yeah, I know. That was rather devilish as you don't recognize islands as islands in case they were only little atolls during their short youth.
Mental acrobatics, short from going mental. I love a good Idiocracy!
originally posted by: Vector99
a reply to: yuppa
Russia and China are BOTH members, and friendemies (yep made up word)
There is no removing UN Charter members with Veto power.
originally posted by: OccamsRazor04
a reply to: InnerPeace2012
Except China is attacking US allies. So no. China needs to stop their bullying and stop their aggression. The US would be a fool to sit back and let China grow, as China has shown they have no regard for anyone, and someday, that will mean the US.
If China is willing to wage war, then it should be on the US's terms, not China's, when the US is far stronger, rather than after China catches up.
In short if war happens it's unavoidable due to Chinese aggression, and simply a matter of time.
originally posted by: JDmOKI
a reply to: InnerPeace2012
All i gotta say about these artificial islands is that if the USA was making airstrips in international waters people would be shi$$ing their pants and crying about US aggression