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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.

Sen. Mike Gravel, on Philippines Radio, Hits Obama War Plans Internationally

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Oct. 25, 2015 (EIRNS)–Former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel appeared this morning on Philippines radio DZXL 558 for 40 minutes, interviewed by Philippines LaRouche Society leaders Butch Valdes and Ver Archivido. Gravel issued a powerful call to the Philippines people to save themselves, the United States, and the world from the Obama drive for world war, by rejecting the U.S. effort to place massive military installations across their country, which would make the Philippines the “friction point to a conflict with China,” the “spear-point” for war on China. He appealed to the nation to stand up, declare that the nation is sovereign, and reject any foreign military forces on their soil.

If they would do so, said Gravel, he believes South Korea and Japan would soon follow their lead and remove U.S. troops, which would lead quickly to the peaceful reunification of Korea and a far better relationship between Japan and its Asian neighbors. He said the South China Sea should be made a common area, putting sovereignty issues aside in order to pursue joint development, drawing especially on China’s One-Belt One-Road development process, which could go a long way to alleviate the horrible poverty in the Philippines.

He said that if the U.S. military deployment is not stopped by the case now before the Philippine Supreme Court, it will only grow, and “far exceed even what the unfortunate Vietnam War caused, which foisted our own immorality on the Philippines in a war that was fought in vain, killing 3 million Asians for no purpose.” He warned that the U.S. military presence would again “turn the Philippines into a U.S. military whorehouse,” as it did in the Vietnam War era.

Gravel ridiculed the U.S. claim that China is “militarizing” the South China Sea, noting that “a single missile would decimate the new islands, which can therefore serve no military purpose.” He expressed his hope that the Philippine Supreme Court would accept and consider his Friend of the Court brief, to be filed on Oct. 27, and that the Court and/or the Philippine Senate would act to end Obama’s militarization program.

The Senator said that the Chinese are trying to unify the world through economic development, while the United States wants to unify the world under its military power. “Which do you choose?” he asked. “It should be a no-brainer.”

Senator Gravel also described Obama’s drone killing program as a sign of the “moral depravity” of Obama, who has “no empathy, no understanding of our country, disregards our laws on habeas corpus [and] the right to face one’s accusers,” and who “makes decisions on his own over who lives and who dies.”

Butch Valdes concluded that it was a “breath of fresh air” to hear a U.S. politician telling the truth, unlike the many who have visited the Philippines in the past with lectures and lies.

Chinese Naval Exercise Counters U.S. Militarization of South China Sea

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Aug. 1, 2015 (EIRNS)–Chinese Naval officials have made clear that the PLA Navy live fire exercise held in the South China Sea, this past week, was intended, in part, as a deterrent to the U.S. Chinese Admiral Yin Zhuo told the People’s Daily that one of the tasks of the exercise was to test the capability of the Second Artillery Corps, China’s strategic missile force, to sink enemy warships using the famous DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile. Yin also said that the exercise was launched to simulate a campaign-level combat simulation. “Even if a war between China and other nations really start in the region of South China Sea, it will not go beyond this level” said Yin. He said that the exercise was launched for political reasons to prove that China has the capability to defend its territory.

China also reacted to criticisms of the exercise from Vietnam and the Philippines, both of which said that it violated their sovereignty. “Such reactions from Vietnam and the Philippines are groundless and they constitute a double-standard,” Zhang Junshe, a naval captain and research fellow at the Chinese Naval Research Institute, told the Global Times. “These countries also conduct military drills in the South China Sea with the U.S., which are more frequent and larger than China’s.” Zhang added that China’s military exercise has focused on defense rather than offense, which demonstrates China is trying to maintain the stability of the region. U.S.-Phillipines exercises, on the other hand, practice simulated battles against China and include amphibious assault exercises to capture islands from hostile forces. “Such drills are more aggressive and threaten regional peace.”

China Accuses US of “Militarizing” South China Sea; Announces Joint China-Russia Naval Exercises in Sea of Japan

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July 30, 2015 (EIRNS)–China’s Defense Ministry spokesman, Yang Yujun, today accused the US of militarizing the South China Sea.

“The US side disregards and distorts the facts, and plays up China’s military threat, to sow discord between China and the littoral states in the South China Sea,” said Yang.  “We firmly oppose such actions.  The Chinese side expresses its serious concern over US activities to militarize the South China Sea region.  Such actions taken by the US side would inevitably arouse suspicion from others that, does the US want nothing better than chaos in the region?”

The head of U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Harry Harris, this week warned China against militarizing the South China Sea (which, of course, is at least partially Chinese territory), calling the area “front and center in the tug-of-war between the majority of regional nations that want to maintain the status quo, and China that wants to change it to suit its narrow self-interest.”

China’s Yang countered this, noting that the status quo was being dramatically altered, not by China, but by the US militarization, including building up alliances in the region (such as the mass deployment of advanced US military forces into the Philippines), stepped-up joint exercises in the region, bringing Japan into exercises far from its borders, and increased provocative close-in reconnaissance of the Chinese armed forces.

China held a one-day, live-fire naval drill in the South China Sea on July 28, and will hold large naval exercises in the South China Sea between Aug 1-8, to mark the 88th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.

Defense spokesman Yang also announced today that Russia and China will hold joint naval exercises from Aug. 20-28 in the Sea of Japan and in the Gulf of Peter the Great, which lies off the strategic Far Eastern Russian port city of Vladivostok.

Chinese Hit US Provocations over South China Sea

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July 23, 2015 (EIRNS)–The war-mongering DC think tank, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), held a forum on the South China Sea on July 21 in Washington, spewing forth charges from various speakers that China is breaching international law, showing aggression, provoking military confrontations, breaking the status quo, and on and on, in the South China Sea. Yet CSIS did invite two Chinese scholars to present the Chinese view, and while they were primarily used as a foil for the neo-con rants, they did state the obvious — that it is the US which is provoking a military crisis.

Dr. Wu Shicun, President of the National Institute for South China Sea Studies in China, said that the extensive and increasing US military surveillance flights off the Chinese coast, followed by the highly provocative fly-by of the artificial islands China is constructing in the Nansha (Spratly) Islands, pose a real danger of intentional or accidental confrontations. He added that the US encouragement of Japan to engage with the US and the Philippines in military exercises in the South China Sea (where Japan has no claims and no boundaries), at the same time that Washington pushes Japan to scrap its pacifist Constitution, demonstrates that the US is carrying out a “containment of China” policy. He noted that several other claimants to South China Sea islands and reefs have built up artificial islands in the past, although China also claims sovereignty over them,– yet the US considers them blameless while accusing China of breaking international law.

Dr. Yee Sienho, Professor and Chief Expert at the Wuhan Uninversity Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies, refuted the US claim that China must follow the decision of the Arbitration Court of UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) in the Hague on the complaint brought by the Philippines. He noted that UNCLOS explicitly does not rule on sovereignty issues, which is why China refused to join the arbitration, which is their right under UNCLOS. He said the US posture — that they do not take sides on sovereignty issues, that they are neutral — is belied by their actions in “pushing the envelope,” backing the other claimants and denouncing China. He said this is “very dangerous — the US needs better legal advice.”

Global Times also responded to the keynote speech at the CSIS forum by Danny Russel, Assistant US Secretary of State, calling his remarks “absurd.” Russel said the US was neutral on sovereignty, but when it comes to “adhering to international law,” the US will not be neutral, and will “come down forcefully.” Global Times states editorially: “It is necessary for the US to elaborate what article of international law that China’s land reclamation activities in the Nansha Islands have violated, and what forceful coercion China’s engineering ships have done to neighboring countries.” The editorial adds that “it is perfectly legal for China not to accept the arbitration tribunal’s decision; in fact, forcing China to accept or abide by the arbitration result is illegal.” He notes that the US accuses China’s actions as being to blame for the serious conflict between the two nations, but adds: It needs to be pointed out that the conflict is at China’s door, which is 12 time zones away from Washington. The conflict is actually imposed by Washington on us.”