More Obama Threats and Lies Against China
May 30 (EIRNS)–U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, speaking to the 14th Asia Security Summit (Shangri-La Dialogue) sponsored by London’s International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in Singapore, demanded that China implement an “immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation” in the South China Sea.” He outright lied that “China is out of step with both the international rules and norms that underscore the Asia-Pacific’s security architecture,” even while admitting that the other nations with claims to the Spratly/Nansha islands have also developed outposts in the islands. In his words: “Vietnam has 48 outposts; the Philippines, 8; Malaysia, 5; and Taiwan, 1.” But China is different, Carter said, because it has built the islands bigger and faster than the others.
That somehow, in his warped logic, makes China responsible for the fact that “this stretch of water has become the source of tension in the region and front-page news around the world.” Mr. Carter didn’t mention his invitation to CNN to join a state of the art U.S. war plane in flying around the Chinese-controlled area as having anything to do with either the tension or the massive news coverage.
Nor did Carter mention China’s development aid to the maritime nations of the region, through its $40 billion Silk Road Fund, the $100 billion AIIB, and other investments in the region’s infrastructure. But he was “pleased to announce” that the U.S. plans to offer $425 million for “maritime capacity-building efforts,” meaning U.S. military aid and military exercises in the region to counter the “China threat.”
Carter also announced that the U.S. was sending a “new Defense Advisor to augment the U.S. Mission to ASEAN.”
“The United States disregards history, legal principles and the facts,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying responded. China’s island-building is “legal, reasonable, conforms to the situation and neither impacts nor targets any country.”