China recently announced guidelines, effective January 1, for its maritime “police” to board and seize foreign vessels in waters around the Paracel Islands, which are also claimed by Vietnam.
Chinese fishing boats ha[ve] cut the cables of [Vietnam’s] seismic survey ship last week.
Philippines Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario revealed…that China had communicated its intention to station ships permanently at the Scarborough Shoal….
Never mind that the Republic of the Philippines, with the support of international law, claims this area.
Indeed, the PRC claims, with a straight face, fully two-thirds of the South China Sea as its sovereign territory.
Beijing also continues to challenge Japan’s control over the Senkaku Islands…. Chinese maritime surveillance and fisheries vessels loiter outside the 12-mile territorial limit, occasionally crossing inside to force the Japanese coast guard to respond.
The PRC also objects to the US’ rotating token units of Marines through a basing facility in Darwin, Australia. Such a move is an affront to Chinese sovereignty, you see.
Yet President Barack Obama is bent on gutting American defense capability by $500 billion, beginning next month, despite his own Defense Secretary’s warnings of the consequences. Which gives new meaning to the phrase “leading from behind.”