Top US Admiral: ‘Nobody Owns’ the South China Sea

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  1. BATTLE FIELD

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    The U.S. Navy’s most senior officer is adamant about enforcing “international rules and norms” in the South China Sea
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    In September, Chinese Vice Admiral Yuan Yubai, commander of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) North Sea Fleet, insisted that the South China Sea belongs to China.

    “The South China Sea, as the name indicates, is a sea area that belongs to China. And the sea from the Han dynasty a long time ago where the Chinese people have been working and producing from the sea,” he said through an interpreter, at a conference in London (See: “South China Sea Belongs to China”).

    The United States Navy’s new chief of naval operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson, however, is prepared to challenge this assertion, according to an interview with Defense News.

    “What is coming into clear focus is that the defendant of the guarantor of prosperity and access is the system of rules and norms that we all abide by,” the admiral noted. “It’s interesting that some of the folks that are making contrary claims now … are the very nations who prosper the most under the current system of international rules and norms.”

    The admiral was adamant that the South China Sea should remain open free and open waters:

    You talk about coalition approaches, national approaches. I would advocate for a system that is inclusive, that levels the playing field as much as possible. That doesn’t talk in terms of my sea or your sea. That is everybody’s sea. You know 30 percent of the world’s trade goes through the South China Sea. Nobody owns that. It’s open. It’s international waters.

    The U.S. Navy has been ready for some time to increase its freedom of navigation (FON) activities in the South China, something that has drawn criticism not only from China but also from The White House. Indeed, as a recent Diplomat contributor has argued, “none of its [China’s] current actions justify deliberate provocations by the United States,” such as naval patrols close to Chinese-held artificial islands (See: “Why South China Sea FON Operations Don’t Make Sense”).

    Admiral Richardson, however, insists that the U.S. Navy is just following international norms and rules. He also emphasizes that there is little disagreement on the right South China Sea policies within the U.S.government:

    n terms of reinforcing the United States — as a global nation and our Navy as a global Navy able and willing to transit and pass through international waters — that’s a commitment we stand pretty firmly by. From the president on down, we iterate that position pretty clearly. Using the system of international norms and rules, none of this should be interpreted as provocative or responsive, this is just business as usual in the international system.

    Writing for The Diplomat, Sam Bateman, points out that at “the heart of the U.S. protests are peculiarly American concerns about FON that relatively few regional countries share. In particular, these include the freedoms to conduct so-called ‘military surveys’ in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of another country. Another is the right of a warship to “transit a territorial sea without giving prior notification to the coastal state.”

    In the interview with Defense News, Richardson refused to reveal the date when the destroyer USS Lassenwould make such a transit. Officially, the United States continues not to take any sides in the ongoing territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
     
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    nobody owns seas where ever usa navy wants to go.
     
  4. Black knight

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    I would say that both chinese and american chiefs are wrong bcoz no country will allow other countries navy close to their coast .so this argument btwn the chiefs s completely diplomatic BS:bounce::biggrin2::cool3::crazy:
     
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    Actually USA owns not only the south China seas but the [​IMG] whole Pacific ocean. The whole US seventh fleet and all Pacific bases are to keep China in check. China cannot go far without running into a US base in the south China seas.
     
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    yep u r right but in case of war it may be america or china no navy is invincible moreover a ship is last is last so in war we can't predict victory beforehand
     
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    12 ohio subs routinely patrol the Pacific. One sub has more nuclear weapons than China has in their whole arsenal.
     
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    yep but nuclear weapons are 2 edged sword and for every action there will be retaliation and it can be from not only china but it's allies like russia north korea even pakistan who knows?????:crazy::crazy::crazy:
     
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    I don't think these countries have a death wish in their alliance with China. (Maybe Pakistan? ) but a non factor insignificant piss ant to USA. Pakistan knows USA will send them back to the stone age very fast . North Korea is the biggest uncertainty.
     
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    u r absolutely right bt if theycombines jst take north korea russia and china it will be disastrous and moreover definitely there will be casualities for america and its allies and nuclear fallout is inevitable
     
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    It doesn't have to be nuclear and Russia will not be a part of it.
    If it goes nuclear within 24 hours Chinese coastline and 90 percent of their economy will be decimated. China has estimated 30-100 nukes? USA has 5000+ many mirvd and NORAD defending US West coast.
     

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