As the South China Sea dispute escalates, the neighbor countries begin to "settle their accounts" with China - Vietnam, Japan, Philippine and India.[/SIZE]
Yesterday China reinforced its coastal force and said that it is absolutely not afraid of the challenges although it will not be the first to resort to the military solution. But in which surrounding situation?
Vietnam: Top-ranking General Le Duc Anh: If we frighten, we will lose sovereignty
"We have to take the country’s sovereignty as the top priority. At the same time, we have to live friendly with the people of all countries in the world.The interests of all parties will be respected if all countries respect sovereignty and defend friendship with others.If we respect international law but neighboring countries don’t, what should we do?
Defending our sovereignty must be the top priority. Maintaining friendship with them is the second priority. Small doesn’t mean weak. Compared to India or China, Vietnam is a small country. Compared to the US and the European Union, Vietnam is also a small country.But a small country that loses its home and sovereignty, it will have nothing to live."
And let's look at Japan – on June 17 Japanese PM Kan met Indonesia President to discuss the escalated South China Sea dispute. In Japan recently, a call that "Unifying with ASEAN to balance China" is increasingly dominating. Japan the country just show serious concern over PLA fleets' sailing across the so-called "First Island Chain".
In India, PM Singh has just proposed to settle down the border issue with China, saying that Chinese troops' painting in the rocks in the disputed area is obviously an action of declaring its sovereignty. He said that India should seriously concern over this issue.
Philippine side is meanwhile pressing Washington to react firmly to China. The 60-year old history security treaty between US and Philippine is being carefully checked and potentially used.
The separate events reflect a new and potentially volatile pattern. As the Chinese government and the fast-modernizing naval branch of the People’s Liberation Army extend the nation’s maritime reach, uneasy neighbors are tracking Chinese vessels, including military and surveillance boats, fisheries law enforcement ships and fishing skiffs, and pushing back hard over anything deemed aggressive.
Is China reallyfacing a tough bordering situation, which is not the illusion but the reality? In fact this is the reasonable instinct reactions against China's "not yet really empowered rising stage".
Analysts said now that China's power is not yet that great to control all over the region, meanwhile it also feels reluctant to sacrifice the economy interests, which means probably the best timing for the neighboring countries to settle accounts with China over the bordering issues. Whether it is Southeastern Asian countries, or Japan, or India, it was until recently that these countries began to unify together in hope of settling down disputes.
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