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Time right to develop S China Sea resources -- but not by jo 2011-10-21 03:18 #1

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http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90780/7622181.html

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Time right to develop S China Sea resources
By Xue Li (Global Times)
15:04, October 20, 2011

“…the time is ripe for China to develop oil and natural gas resources near the Xisha and Nansha islands.”

“Therefore, it is unnecessary for China to continue to exercise self-restraint in terms of developing oil and natural resources near the Xisha Islands.”

“China's current measures of strengthening the management on the South China Sea are necessary but not enough. The gas and oil exploitation in the South China Sea first is a political and strategic issue and then an economic and technical issue.”

"Second, China … should invite the related countries to form a joint development organization and survey and exploit the areas jointly."


Time right to develop S China Sea resources -- but not by joint development

After reading the first few paragraphs, I was delighted thinking that the Chinese government would now move forcefully to exercise its sovereignty and get rid of the invading countries in the S. China Sea. But the more I read the more I’m exasperated. It is still the same old let’s be friends with the ASEAN above all else idiocy. The Chinese government is still saying S. China Sea is a political and economic problem and can only be solved by joint development as the political and economic solution.

What kind of idiot would say such a thing? If China invited other countries to exploit China's sovereign territories jointly, then it will lose its sovereignty in the eye of the International Law. Exclusivity is the most important criterion of sovereignty. If a country loses its exclusive right in the control of a territory then it loses its sovereignty over that territory.

The question in S. China Sea is not one of "political and strategic issue" nor is it one of "economic and technical issue." It is first and last one of sovereignty issue. And the only way to enforce China's sovereignty is to impose "exclusive right of occupation, control and exploitation." China must strengthen its military in the S. China Sea and clear out all other invaders.

It is, of course, benevolent of the Chinese government to be so generous to other invading countries. But international relationship must not have anything to do with benevolence. Benevolence can only be considered after sovereignty has been fully asserted and protected. China can establish political and economic relationship with these invading countries even while asserting the exclusivity of the Nansha Islands. Political and economic benefits flowing from cooperation between China and the ASEAN countries are not only for China alone. Political and economic cooperation in S. China Sea region will benefit all countries in the region; actually more so for the ASEAN countries than for China. It is obvious that China can develop independently without the ASEAN countries but ASEAN countries cannot develop further without China. They would not be developing so rapidly in the last decade without China’s influx of investment and trade. Therefore, if ASEAN countries don’t cooperate with China politically and economically then they would be cutting off their own noses to spite their own faces while China loses no skin on its nose.

China’s words and actions must be consistent. If it asserts sovereignty over S. China Sea then it must follow up that assertion with appropriate actions which can only be the total enforcement of exclusive occupation, control and exploitation. The Chinese government must finally understand that inviting joint exploration after asserting sovereignty will only weaken that sovereignty claim and make China look like some kind of grifter trying to cheat the smaller countries of S. China Sea. And it is even worse that China is being jeered and ignored by these much smaller countries.

It is also apparent that the Chinese government has been corrupted and degenerated. The Chinese leaders are no longer willing to implement policies that will require boldness and actions. These are soft pampered people who have gotten accustomed to a soft life with pleasing flatteries ringing around their ears all day. These are not the kind of people who can lead China forward in the still long and arduous road of resurgence that lie ahead. They should leave and let others who have the vision of an advanced, rich and powerful and dignified Chinese nation, as well as having the mettle to face the sturm und drang of a turbulent international arena to take their places. Those who cannot thrive in such turbulent and stormy places or who are not willing to face such turbulence and stress are simply not fit to lead China which has the greatest potential to be the sole ultra-superpower in the world. By persisting in their soft benevolence they will ultimately bring only death and destruction to the Chinese nation as it had happened so many times in China’s long tragic history.

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