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originally posted by: works4dhs
Chin is a bully. If you let a bully get away with taking something he'll keep on taking until he's stopped (see Hitler, Adolf).
the way to deal with is, stop him and stand up to him right away (Berlin Airlift).
originally posted by: Xcathdra
a reply to: Realtruth
Yes china is going to start a war over the south china sea.
Other nations hold multiple Islands there as well.
China isn't stopping any trade, it would be foolish for them economically to do so.
I think people should actually take a hard look at China's armed forces and available troops and their buying power.
China is violating UNCLOS articles 192 and 123, which are on the protection of the marine environment, especially in enclosed and semi-enclosed seas such as the South China Sea. Article 192 states that “States have the obligation to protect and preserve the marine environment”, while article 123 requires the countries bordering an enclosed sea to “coordinate the implementation of their rights and duties with respect to the protection and preservation of the marine environment”. While each of the parties in the Spratlys dispute would naturally think that it, and it alone, has the rights to build on the disputed islands and reefs, it is undeniable that they all have a duty to protect and preserve the marine environment of the semi-enclosed and environmentally vulnerable South China Sea.
Then people in the USA better get prepared for something that maybe more than they can handle. China is a sleeping giant and the USA hasn't had a very good military victory record for decades.
We also gave China Long Beach Naval Air Base, the only major deep water port that can take large ships on the west coast in 2000.
After review by the DoD and CIA, the lease went through, at an agreed-upon payment of $14.5 million per year from the Chinese, with renewal scheduled after ten years. However, continued controversy and opposition by Republican lawmakers caused cancellation of the lease, and the new cargo terminal, which was in fact built by the Long Beach Harbor Department (Port of Long Beach), was leased to the Hanjin Shipping Company, a South Korean firm, which continues to be the terminal's primary customer and major partner.
China insists it has sovereign rights to nearly all of the South China Sea, a strategic waterway through which about a third of all the world's traded oil passes.
China has said it will not abide by any ruling.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: bjarneorn
So you can point out where the law says they can restrict travel around these islands, and that they have the right to set up a 12 mile limit, right? Or where it says they can stop anyone from traveling through a 12 mile limit, right?