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Malaysia and ASEAN Stand Up to Obama’s Threats over South China Sea

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Nov. 4, 2015 (EIRNS)–The ASEAN-Plus meeting of defense ministers fell apart today, as Malaysia, chairing the meeting in Kuala Lumpur, and most of the ASEAN nations, stood up against Obama’s war-mongering thug tactics (through his Secretary of Defense Ash Carter), refusing to bend to Carter’s demand that the final communique include US-approved wording on the South China Sea.

The Information Office of China’s Ministry of National Defense said that “China had reached a consensus with Malaysia and other ASEAN countries on the content” of the proposed Joint Communique, drafted by host country Malaysia — meaning they had found a way to address the South China Sea that was acceptable to the Philippines and Vietnam (since all ASEAN decisions are done by consensus), or that the issue would be left out altogether. However, Carter rejected the draft, and demanded (with Japanese and Australian support, press reports indicate) that Malaysia present a new draft condeming China for its activities in the South China Sea. Malaysia and at least most of ASEAN refused — far more interested in the real problem of ISIS and terrorism and cooperation with China on both defense and economic development. As a result, there was no final communique issued at all.

The Chinese Defense Ministry said that “some individual countries outside the region ignored the existing consensus and attempted to forcefully add into the declaration contents not discussed during the meeting. Such behavior totally deviated the purposes and principles of the ADMM-Plus (ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting Plus) and damaged the central and dominating role of ASEAN in the mechanism.”

Of course, the US blamed China for the meeting’s collapse. They claimed that it was China’s reclamation activities that are responsible for the disputes and that it was China had used it’s economic clout to armtwist the ASEAN nations.

The fact that it was Malaysia which led the fight against the US war policy is very significant. Malaysia also has claims in the South China Sea, and has expressed its concern about China’s claim to the entire area. Also, Prime Minister Najib is in deep trouble over a huge corruption charge over a state investment fund which is missing billions of dollars, and it was believed by many that Najib would do Obama’s bidding to sustain US support in the crisis.

But he did not. We can expect some nasty operations against Malaysia as a result of their courage in defending peace and development.

Ash Carter also took the opportunity of meeting with Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan at the forum in Kuala Lumpur to bluster, according to Carter’s aide, that “the United States will continue to fly, sail, and operate wherever international law allows,” and that “the South China Sea would not be an exception.” This again demonstrates that Obama is simply lying, again, in saying the US takes no position on the issue of sovereignty over the South China Sea, since the US destroyer’s breach of the 12-mile limit around the Chinese islands on Oct. 27 clearly shows they have taken a position against China, and are threatening war.

Philippine Statement Denouncing Obama’s War Provocation and Planned Military Occupation of Philippine Bases

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Nov. 3, 2015 (EIRNS)–The following  powerful statement denouncing Obama’s provocation to war with China was adopted by PINAS, Philippines in Support of Sovereignty, a group of prominent individuals, members of Congress, and organizations opposed to the US military occupation of Philippine military bases, and similar threats to the nation’s sovereignty. It was written at their request by Butch Valdes, the head of the Philippine LaRouche Society. It compliments the Friend of the Court brief being submitted to the Philippine Supreme Court by Sen. Mike Gravel: “Despite our presently unresolved territorial issues with countries surrounding the West Philippine Seas, it is with unequivocal opposition that we view the outrageous military provocation of China, by US President Obama under the guise of freedom of navigation.

“In blatant disregard for the sovereignty and security concerns of Southeast Asian Nations, the US has initiated threatening actions against China, which not only destabilizes the whole region, but also may provide the spark of thermonuclear confrontation between the two superpowers. “Our concern is aggravated by the declared and insane acquiescence of the current President Benigno Aquino III of the critically dangerous advances by an equally impaired Barrack Obama. The risk to 100 million Filipino lives notwithstanding, Aquino has signed a constitutionally infirm agreement allowing the US forces access to all our airports and seaports, ply our territorial waters, and set up American bases within our Philippine bases.

“It is this highly questionable accommodation by the Philippine President, the tacit approval of a mercenary Senate, and obviously intimidated Supreme Court that has provided US nuclear-armed warships the bases to mount and implement provocative action against their principal adversary in the region.

“We call on all patriotic Filipinos to REJECT the presently disastrous condition of allowing foreign military installations in Philippine territories. The US geo-political intentions, through President Obamas actions are manifestly clear. Their decisions and actions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Egypt, Syria, and Ukraine are now glaring examples of internal chaos, AFTER they have been supposedly liberated from dictatorship, into democracy.

“Let us uphold the principles of sovereignty, and advocate a world community of Sovereign Nation-States bound by a common objective to improve the quality of life of every single human being on the planet, so that our generation and those after us, can reap the benefits of Man’s collaboration and collective creativity.”

Hague Court Rules That It Has Jurisdiction Over Philippines Case Against China — China Rejects and Will Ignore the Ruling

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Nov. 2 (EIRNS)–The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration, set up in 1899, ruled on Oct. 29 that it does have jurisdiction over the case brought by the Philippines, without the participation of China, against China’s so-called “nine-dash line” claim to sovereignty over most of the South China Sea, including the contested islands.

China has rejected the Court’s jurisdiction on the grounds that it cannot judge issues of sovereignty. But the Philippines shaped the argument around its right to exploit the area within their 200-mile “exclusive economic zone” under UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) (which obviously implies that China has no sovereignty over the islands within that 200 mile zone). China says it will continue its refusal to participate on hearings on the merits, and will ignore the final ruling.

The court’s rulings are supposedly binding for the 117 members, which includes China and the Philippines; but it has no power to enforce, and Reuters reports that countries have ignored them in the past.

Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told reporters: “The result of this arbitration will not impact China’s sovereignty, rights or jurisdiction over the South China Sea under historical facts and international law. From this ruling you can see the Philippines’ aim in presenting the case is not to resolve the dispute. Its aim is to deny China’s rights in the South China Sea and confirm its own rights in the South China Sea.”

China-Japan Agree To Renew Joint Development Plans For East China Sea Oil and Gas

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Nov. 2 (EIRNS)–In an agreement with important implications for the crisis in the South China Sea, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and China’s Premier Li Keqiang have agreed to restore regular discussions on the joint development of oil and gas fields in the East China Sea. This is precisely what China has proposed for the South China Sea since the time of Deng Xiaoping’s reversal of the Cultural Revolution and launching the opening of China–to put aside sovereignty issues temporarily and carry out joint development of the region.

Japan protested earlier this year when China began drilling in a contested area, and China responded, as they have in response to complaints over their developments in the South China Sea islands, that the area was their sovereign territory and they had every right to proceed. However, an agreement from Japan to work together with China is a message to the Philippines (far more under Obama’s control than Japan) that their refusal to work with China is further isolating them from Asia as a whole and endangering their nation.

Liang Yunxiang, a Japanese affairs expert at Peking University, said agreement to resume discussion on the East China Sea was “quite a breakthrough and a gesture of friendliness. It’s more important than historical issues. Part of it will be about how Japan might join in the exploitation of gas fields that China is already tapping.”

It is also notable that on Oct. 30, Japanese Defense Minister General Nakatani said that Tokyo had no plan to take part in U.S.-led “freedom of navigation patrols” in the South China Sea, although Abe is reported to have called on Korean President Park Geun-hye to join with Japan and the US in assuring freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.

Obama Sent U.S. Destroyer into China Territorial Waters; Beijing Issues Stern Warning

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Oct. 27, 2015 (EIRNS)–On Obama’s go-ahead, the {U.S.S. Lassen}, a guided-missile destroyer, today transitted Chinese territorial waters in the South China Sea, by going near Subi Reef, inside the 12-nautical-mile zone, in the Spratly Islands.

A statement against this was swiftly issued by the Foreign Ministry of China, whose authorities tracked the U.S. ship, which had, as the statement warned, “illegally entered into the waters of China’s Spratly Islands.” U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus was summoned to the Ministry, and told that the {U.S.S. Lassen} patrol was “extremely irresponsible.”

This Obama escalation of confrontation in Eurasia includes threat of more action, with Pentagon sources speaking of US patrol forays in the South China Sea, off Vietnam and The Philippines.

The Chinese Ministry statement said: “The action taken by the U.S. warship has threatened China’s sovereignty and security interest, and has put the safety of personnel on the reefs in danger.” Ministry spokesman, Lu Kang said, “If any country thinks that, through some gimmicks, they will be able to interfere with or even prevent China from engaging in reasonable, legitimate and legal activities in its own territories, I want to suggest those countries give up such fantasy.” Lu added, “In fact, if relevant parties insist on creating tensions in the region and making trouble out of nothing, it may force China to draw the conclusion that we need to strengthen and hasten the buildup of our relevant capabilities. I advise the U.S. not to create such a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

However, within hours of the incident, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, when pressed on the matter at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing this morning, said, “We will fly, sail and operate wherever international law permits.” He said that, “we have a re-balance to the Asia-Pacific” underway, and we will be doing more.