China recently responded to the criticism by the United States for China’s disruption of the status quo in the South China Sea (SCS). Specifically, the US accused China of creating a tense situation in the SCS after it blocked a normally scheduled resupply vessel from brining supplies and men to the Second Thomas Shoal. China countered that the U.S. stated its position was that of Neutrality–which it had now clearly violated–and was ignoring “(probably China’s historical) facts”.
Furthermore China claims that the Philippines was not just resupply troops, but attempting to build something on the island–as the two ships it drove away were also carrying construction materials. Furthermore, China claims that the Philippines had violated China’s rights and interests in the area for trying to disrupt the status quo.
So… now what we have are three countries in the region becoming angered by the actions of the other—the United States attempting to stand of for the Philippines, but still only with words. And China stating that only they are playing by the rules, while Manila and Washington are the ones that are creating tension by consistently testing Beijing’s patience.
Based off of what you have read on what’s happening over the past few weeks… who do you think is in the right? China with their outrageous claim in the SCS claiming mostly all of it and trying to force the smaller countries out? Or the ASEAN countries (supported by the United States), who are just looking for their fair share of their respective Exclusive Economic Zones to ensure they have fair access to the resources found within their borders?
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