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Philippine Govt Denounces New Chinese Maritime Policy

Map of South China Sea area affected by China’s new maritime policy. source: CIA

China recently issued a new maritime policy which, it says, allows Chinese border patrol to board and expel foreign ships (ie, non-Chinese ships) from the China Sea.

This policy expands China’s borders beyond what maritime law currently allows and would infringe on the shipping rights of neighboring nations, some of whom, such as the Philippines, are United States allies.

I am posting this because I think it’s pertinent to America’s economic policies. China’s new military and economic prowess are the weapons that we built by exporting our industrial base to a Communist country. I believe this is a direct result of the sell-out of the American people and America’s interests by both political parties in the service of multi-national corporations.

For all their demagoguery, neither political party can seriously address the deficit, our overall budget, or how to effectively govern this country so long as they continue to ignore most of the causes for these problems. In addition, China’s growing military might and its impact on our allies in the South Pacific, while they pose no direct threat to America at this time, are likely to become more serious in the future.

Our problems in this country almost all stem from poor governance by bad elected officials of both political parties who are more interested in bashing one another than doing something for the people of this nation.

The China Daily Mail article reads in part:

The Philippine Government recently denounced China‘s new maritime law that will allow its border patrol to board and expel foreign ships in the South China Sea.

In a statement through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Philippine officials described the policy as a “gross violation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea”, among other cited international agreements.

Moreover, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN has also voiced concern over China’s latest pronouncement as it may impede maritime access over the tension-filled area.

This latest round of diplomatic row comes right after China’s issuance of new passports that included a map of South China Sea, prompting the Philippines to issue a separate visa form for Chinese nationals. (Read more here.)

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China: A Growing War Machine Built With American Corporate Greed

America gave China its industrial base and its technology in exchange for cheap/slave labor. These are the weapons we built.

Reuters/Reuters – A carrier-borne J-15 fighter jet takes off from the Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier, in this undated handout photo released November 25, 2012. China has successfully conducted flight landing on its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, after its delivery to the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy on September 25, 2012, according to Xinhua News Agency. REUTERS/Xinhua/Zha Chunming

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China has carried out its first successful landing of a fighter jet on its firstaircraft carrier, state media said on Sunday, a symbolically significant development as Asian neighbors fret about the world’s most populous country’s military ambitions.

The home-built J-15 fighter jet took off from and landed on the Liaoning, a reconditioned Soviet-era vessel from Ukraine which only came into service in September this year.

China ushered in a new generation of leaders this month at the 18th Communist Party Congress in Beijing, with outgoing President Hu Jintao making a pointed reference to strengthening China’s naval forces, protecting maritime interests and the need to “win local war”.

China is embroiled in disputes with the Philippines and Vietnam over South China Sea islands believed to be surrounded by waters rich in natural gas. It has a similar dispute with Japan over islands in theEast China Sea.

It has also warned the United States, with President Barack Obama’s “pivot” to Asia, not to get involved.

“We should make active planning for the use of military forces in peacetime, expand and intensify military preparedness, and enhance the capability to accomplish a wide range of military tasks, the most important of which is to win local war in an information age,” Hu said.

China has advertised its long-term military ambitions with shows of new hardware, including its first test flight of a stealth fighter jet in early 2011, an elite helicopter unit and the launch of the aircraft carrier.(Read more here.)

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