posted on Dec, 5 2012 @ 09:03 AM
Well. Definitely the Chinese Empire is on the rise slowly but surely. It isn't just the naval disputes but even the western asian regions closer to
China are in question if they will eventually be engulfed by the rising chinese influence in the region (Kazakasthan).
Looking at the arc of Chinese history, China has never been a naval power. Aside from the fifteenth-century explorer Zheng He’s naval
expeditions, Chinese empires have traditionally focused on their land power. And even Zheng He, for all his skills as a naval adventurer, was
eventually shored by the Haijin edict that marked China’s retreat from the sea. The focus for Chinese imperial dynasties was maintaining the
integrity of their massive state.
Surely this has caused a stir in region with arms race for defensive purposes amongst the smaller island nations.
Defence spending across the region increased 13.5 per cent to $US25.4 billion ($24.5 billion) last year and was expected to rise to $US40
billion by 2016, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said.
Flush with economic success and wary of China's military expansion, countries are acquiring sophisticated sea- and air-based arsenals that include
dozens of submarines that can operate in secret.
The institute said Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia had increased defence budgets by 66 per cent to 82 per cent from 2002 to last
Although it is politics as usual with certain percentage of disapproval, the Indian Defense has been signing several deals with US in addition to
Russia and other EU nations to fortify their hardware.
There is also a belief that if India, Japan & US cooperation can bring stability to the region with the rising Chinese question/threat.
India's new strategic ties with countries as varied as Japan, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea and Vietnam are important moves on
the grand Asian chessboard to increase its geopolitical leeway. The US, for its part, has strengthened and expanded its security arrangements in Asia
in recent years by making the most of the growing regional concerns over China's increasingly muscular approach on territorial and maritime disputes.
Both the US and India have deepened their strategic ties with Japan, which has Asia's largest naval fleet and a $5.5-trillion economy. The first
serious Indo-Japanese naval exercise, involving a search-and-rescue operation, was held off the Japanese coast just five months ago. India and Japan,
despite their messy domestic politics and endemic scandals, actually boast the fastest-growing bilateral relationship in Asia today....
With Asia troubled by growing security challenges, trilateral US-India-Japan security cooperation is also beginning to take shape. These three
democratic powers recently held their third round of security consultations in New Delhi, underlining their shift from emphasising shared values to
seeking to jointly protect shared interests. Their trilateral cooperation could lead to trilateral coordination, with a potentially positive impact on
Asian security and
So yes the concerns are real in the region if not a powder keg situation. However just like any marketing slogan or campaign, there are several
uncertainties/myths wrt China.
For China, 2012 was a humbling year. When the history of China’s reform era is written, this moment may prove to be a pivot point, a time
when the myths that China and the world had adopted about the politics and economics of the People’s Republic began to wash away, leaving blunt
facts about what China’s idiosyncratic national system has and has not achieved. Here are some of the myths that collapsed this
Then there is the constant battle with espionage and proprietary information. While chest thumping (bloughing), the Chinese are slick enough to steal
information to fortify their non-existent military hardware and/or for their exports sector of military equipment (most of the times).
Chinese state-owned company has pleaded guilty in the United States and been fined $3 million for conspiring to violate U.S. nuclear export
restrictions on Pakistan.
The China Nuclear Industry Huaxing Construction company was charged with supplying U.S.-manufactured high-temperature coatings to a Pakistani nuclear
power plant, using a distributor in China to evade U.S. regulations.
Ofcourse they would love/like to oppose as usual but looks like the game plan has been determined in the Asian chess game.
The legislation passed last week reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Japan under the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security and warned that an
armed attack against either party “in the territories under the administration of Japan” would be met in accordance with its provisions.
“The Chinese side expresses serious concern and firm opposition to the U.S. Senates’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act,”
foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters.
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