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Understanding Beijing's motives of South China Sea policy (II)

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

11-26-2015 16:30 BJT

By Ling Dequan, Researcher, Center for World Affairs Studies, Xinhua News Agency


Pointless to accuse militarization of Nansha Islands

Beijing has already commented on the so-called militarization of the South China Sea issue.


It pursues a national defense policy, defensive in nature and objects to military actions interrupting the safety, stability and mutual trust of any country. China is not seeking the militarization of the South China Sea. Its construction on relevant islands and reefs of Nansha Islands do not infer militarization.

Actually, there were two periods in history when the South China Sea was militarized. The US and Japan were responsible for those two incidents. The first militarization occurred during World War II when Japan had occupied South China Sea Islands, in order to invade Southeast Asia, Oceania and South Pacific.

The second militarization was during the Vietnam War in 1960s-70s. The US established military bases there, such as Subic Bay Naval Base and Clark Air Base in the Philippines, Cam Ranh Bay Naval Base and Danang Air Base in Vietnam. Washington had designated much of the South China Sea, as well as Xisha Islands as a combat zone.

Vessel cruises and bomber flights as military performance

Since October this year, Washington has deployed the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen to illegally enter waters near relevant islands and reefs of China's Nansha Islands, while B-52 bombers had flown over as well.

The international media was aroused and several global think tanks have issued analyses. Accordingly, the South China Sea has become a geo-political hot spot.

Meanwhile, key US military members have visited China. Such consecutive military consultations have confounded outsiders. The "China-US conflict" as predicted by some in the media did not happen. Additionally, the Pentagon has indicated US Naval forces would routinely encroach upon China’s territorial waters. These military activities are mere posturing, but with meticulous planning and direction.

Analysts say Washington is honoring its commitments with allies. Another purpose is to test China's resolve. However, China-US relation would not deviate from the key consensus reached by Xi and Obama when they met earlier, which conforms to the new model of major-country relationship.

Holding ground despite opposition

The Chinese proverb says the tree craves calm but the wind will not abate, which is an appropriate description of the South China Sea. The South China Sea region has witnessed frequent typhoons for millions of years, but it had not forestalled development of the ancient Maritime Silk Road.

Accordingly, the waves of seas in the South China Sea will not cease, and neither will groundless claims against Beijing. Perhaps one day, the South China Sea will become a sea of peace, friendship and cooperation, while the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road is under construction to meet the interests of China and all other nations concerned.

Peace and stability are prerequisites for development. Sensationalizing the South China Sea has damaged Beijing's relations with other countries. Yet, Chinese leaders do adhere to the path of peaceful development and win-win results and that also applies to the South China Sea.


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