posted on Jul, 13 2012 @ 12:49 AM
reply to post by OccamsRazor04
You are making it as China centric issue (as in unique), when in fact it was a common practice, as states developed. China as a late comer to the game
(in many aspect not only defining territorial waters) is defending their own interests. This can only be seen as an exotic stance because today there
are very few instances of a nation actively affirming "new" territorial claims. It mostly occurs in newly formed states.
A broader view is provide in the South China Sea Islands Wikipedia's article
This is similar to any other active claims and will be resolved by common sense and cooperation of force. I expect that as African nations become more
capable of self management there will be many new similar conflicts. This is nothing new or unique (as you make it sound, even if unintentionally) but
has been occurring since the concept of state evolved.
I still do not understand why China did not a) propped up Vietnam as a puppet state b) annexed it (even using a pseudo democratic subterfuge like a
referendum to satisfy the international community). Annexations are extremely complicated, after the dust of WWII was settled, but China proved that
they are indeed possible if you are strong enough (or insignificant enough). In any case that time has passed...
I'm not bashing the US I'm clarifying for you (and those that are reading) that a) this type of issue is not unique. b) that China's position is being
intentionally contextualized as aggressive d) that the US interference is not without motivation. States do not act based in benevolence, they act by
self interest. To that I gave examples, if you look into the subject you will find many more territorial conflicts that are frozen in time,
unresolved, but as nations finds themselves in a position of power they will tend to act on them, especially if new profitably extractable resources
I'm not in support of China's claims, but I understand them and the need for "China's Carrier Killer Missile" being in place. More than any
non-regional force interference.
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