South China Sea

In a Wall Street Journal article opening with on the Republic of Korea’s Defense Minister Han Min-Koo remarks about the need for freedom of sea and air navigation in and over the South China Sea to be settled in accordance with international law, and Japan’s participation in trilateral talks with the RoK and the People’s Republic of China on a host of questions, the PRC’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi had this to say:

I wonder what Japan has to do with the South China Sea[.]

This deliberately disingenuous remark—the Sea “hosts” sea lanes that carry trade to Japan as well as the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and us—requires Wang to answer the question of what the PRC has to do with the South China Sea? Other than its naked grab for it, I mean.

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