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China condemns 'irresponsible' warning over South China Sea

BEIJING--China condemned the U.S. Pacific air force commander Monday for “irresponsible remarks” after he warned it would be provocative if Beijing declared an air defense zone over the South China Sea.

The response ratchets up a war of words also involving the Philippines and Japan over territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas respectively.

Beijing set up an “air defense identification zone” (ADIZ) over the latter waters in November that included contested islands claimed by it and Tokyo, prompting condemnation by Washington.

Amid concerns Beijing may do the same to assert territorial claims in the South China Sea, U.S. Pacific Air Force Commander Herbert Carlisle said on Sunday such a step would be “very provocative.”

At a regular press briefing on Monday, China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying hit back, saying that “setting up an air defense identification zone is a reasonable right for any sovereign state to exercise.”

“Relevant officials should reflect carefully on what standing they have to make any irresponsible remarks about China's exercising its own reasonable and legitimate rights.”

Pointing out that the U.S. and other countries also have ADIZs, she asked, “Why can only China not (do the same)?”

“We hope that relevant countries and officials can stop making irresponsible comments,” she said.

Beijing requires aircraft flying through its ADIZ to identify themselves and maintain communication with Chinese authorities, but the zone is not a claim of sovereignty.

Carlisle also criticized recent actions by Manila and in particular Tokyo, saying that many countries needed to act to de-escalate tensions.

February 11, 2014    lightcrusaderjr@
What standing do China's spokesperson have to criticize leaders of other countries for voicing out their views about the character of China's incursions into other countries' territories? Fact is the claims of China have no basis in international law. China subscribed to UNCLOS, which prescribes that claims over waters and air spaces be based on territories demarcated from land features that support life. China' s resort to "historical claims", which originally was done by ROC, actually is not consistent with the provisions of UNCLOS. China's rejection of the present world order simply because it thinks it now has the might to challenge it will push the other countries of the world to see China as an aggressor, rather than as an agent for world peace and prosperity. Whatever its rhetoric is, such a move by China is ultimately responsible if the world peace gets destabilized. China, which of late has begun to enjoy prosperity, will see that wealth diminished if it does not change course. China will not win against the world. It could continue to prosper if it works with the world; not against it!
February 12, 2014    Star_Credential@
lightcrusaderjr@ wrote:
What standing do China's spokesperson have to criticize leaders of other countries for voicing out their views about the character of China's incursions into other countries' territories? Fact is the claims of China have no basis in international law. China subscribed to UNCLOS, which prescribes that claims over waters and air spaces be based on territories demarcated from land features that support life. China' s resort to "historical claims", which originally was done by ROC, actually is not consistent with the provisions of UNCLOS. China's rejection of the present world order simply because it thinks it now has the might to challenge it will push the other countries of the world to see China as an aggressor, rather than as an agent for world peace and prosperity. Whatever its rhetoric is, such a move by China is ultimately responsible if the world peace gets destabilized. China, which of late has begun to enjoy prosperity, will see that wealth diminished if it does not change course. China will not win against the world. It could continue to prosper if it works with the world; not against it!
If the world opinion = Filipino or Japanese opinions, you may have a point. Unfortunately, you don't. Of all the other five claimants, only the Flip makes the most noise followed by Vietnam at a far distance while Malaysia, Taiwan, and Brunei are more diplomatic in dealing with the issue. Everyone knows the dog that barks the loudest does not bite. So, even Malaysia did not think twice to give the Flip a beating when the Flip tried to claim some of Malay's land last year. if the Flip don't change their arrogance, I foresee more beatings coming their way.

Speaking of UNCLOS, even the so-called world opinion generator the US is not a signatory to it. Your another buddy Japan routinely sneaks into EEZ of other countries to poach endangered species. Countries in the south Pacific Ocean have already declared that Japanese fishing ships are not welcome in their water. So, if the Flip are thinking of using the US and Japan as to back up to their world opinion, they don't have much to stand on.

It is time for China to give its navy real battle field experience. Maybe the Flip can be the first line of suckers.
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