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Washington criticizes Beijing for selfish-interests

Editor: Tong Xinxin 丨CCTV.com

02-22-2016 16:17 BJT

By Han Xudong, professor, Strategy Department, National Defense University

Recently, the Western media has been clamoring against Beijing’s deployment of a missile system on its Yongxing Island, Xisha Islands. Washington seeks to sensationalize Beijing’s actions in the international community to provoke ASEAN member countries to side against China. 

The event has caused tremendous concern for the whole world. This is a strategic scheme, especially for Washington.

Yongxing Island, the largest island in the Xisha Islands group in the South China Sea  is an  inherent part of China's territory. China maintains its national sovereignty. Whether to establish a military presence in Yongxing Island is one of China's sovereign rights.

Beijing has never accused US’s deployment in Hawaii in terms of troops and weapons. Why does the US dictate China’s placement of troops and weapons in Yongxing Island? 

The Western media pays much focus to Beijing’s deployment of troops and weapons in Yongxing Island, but turns a blind eye to the US’s constant adjustment of troops and weapons in Hawaii.

US-led Western countries are aware that China’s military presence in the South China Sea would not impact their interests. They only seek to contain China's development. 

Undoubtedly, China’s military grabs the most attention in terms of the South China Sea issue. Consequently, the“Chinese missile deployment in Yongxing Island” gets hyped up by Western media and Washington. 

Apart from maintaining the common interests of Western countries, Washington has its own demands, since the US is the only superpower in the world. 

The distinct characteristic makes the US different from other Western countries and reveals its unique potential and intent on the issue of “Chinese missile deployment in Yongxing Island.”

Trying to switch the originator of the "South China Sea” issue from Washington to Beijing. 

People still remember that previously, various US warships had conducted continuous so-called free navigation in the South China Sea to provoke China, which has attracted much attention from the international community. 

The South China Sea has become a major concern of the international community again.  The main originator of the South China Sea issue is the US, and the international community has condemned US hegemony. 

Under such an international public opinion environment, Washington has sparked a gimmick of "Chinese missile deployment in Yongxing Island,”to set Beijing into an unfavorable position and weaken China’s initiative on the "South China Sea" issue.

Instigating military fears of "Chinese missile deployment in Yongxing Island” could worry ASEAN countries and neighboring  nations over the South China Sea in particular. 

Nevertheless, ASEAN countries, especially neighboring nations around the South China Sea hold different attitudes and positions.

Washington’s behavior is intended to inspire ASEAN countries and neighboring countries around the South China Sea to support the US, follow Washington’s directions on the South China Sea issue that would achieve Washington's strategic intentions.

At the beginning of this year, Washington has been hyping up the South China Sea issue by means of a military issue of "Chinese missile deployment in Yongxing Island,” to make "South China Sea" a hot topic for international conferences in 2016, which could exert greater pressure on Beijing.

The US is guiding events for its national interests.  However, ASEAN countries have their own balance-of considerations, and are unwilling to take sides between Beijing and Washington. 

They aim to develop partnerships with China and do not want to involve major countries’ conflicts that would lead to divisive Asian factions. Washington’s attempt to rope in ASEAN countries’ to spurn Beijing would not come true. 

 

( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )

 

 

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