Lessons from Paracels XVI: The Panda Bluff and Snuff

China encroaching into neighbours EEZ territories as defined by UNCLOS (1982) and relationship is sliding downwards

The imaginary and unsubstantiated ‘Nine-Dash-Line’ where China is encroaching into neighbours EEZ territories as defined by UNCLOS (1982) and relationship is sliding downwards

At the annual military-diplomacy Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, it is expected that China through Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) maintained that Asian nations should not form military alliance with third parties, without directly naming the United States, as their ‘defense mechanism’.

Deputy Chief General Staff PLA Lt. Gen. Wang Gunzhong is expected to delivery this at his speech titled “Major Power Perspective on Peace and Security in the Asia-Pacific” at the Fourth Plenary session of Shangri-La Dialogue 2014 on Sunday 1 June 2014. He would share the platform with Russian Deputy Minister of Defence Anatoly Antonov.

Channel News Asia story:

China to promote its security theory at Shangri-La Dialogue

China said on Friday it would promote its own security theory at an Asian defence forum this weekend, setting the scene for a clash with neighbour and rival Japan.
BEIJING: China said on Friday it would promote its own security theory at an Asian defence forum this weekend, setting the scene for a clash with neighbour and rival Japan.

Beijing’s delegation to the so-called Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore will be headed by Wang Guanzhong, deputy chief of the general staff of the People’s Liberation Army, foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters.

The Chinese delegation will “fully elaborate on China’s security concept in Asia”, he said at a regular briefing.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is attending, will lay out at the meeting a vision of Tokyo — which has a security alliance with the US — as a counterweight to Beijing’s growing might, Japan’s Sankei Shimbun newspaper reported on Thursday.

But at a regional summit last week, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that countries should not build up military alliances in Asia.

“To beef up an entrenched or military alliance targeted at a third party is not conducive to maintaining common security,” Xi said, without naming names.

Beijing and Tokyo are embroiled in a bitter dispute over Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea.

Fu Ying, head of the foreign affairs committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s parliament, will also attend the Dialogue, Hong added.

Fu is a former vice foreign minister and ex-ambassador to London, and is considered a more effective communicator than most Chinese officials.

The three-day Asia Security Summit, starting on Friday, comes amid heightened tensions between China and its neighbours over maritime territorial rows.

As well as the dispute with Japan, China claims almost all of the South China Sea, parts of which are also claimed by the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam, all members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN), and non-member Taiwan.

The row between Beijing and Hanoi is currently the most volatile, after China deployed a drilling rig in contested waters, and escalated this week when Vietnam accused a Chinese vessel of ramming and sinking a fishing boat nearby.

No one was hurt in the incident, which Beijing blamed on the Vietnamese vessel.

– AFP/gn


The irony is that China has been behaving very aggressive with immediate neighbours and around the region, with little regards towards diplomacy and international pressures. PLA has been flexing its muscle by demonstration of projection of power and force, which is actually reflective of its ‘expansionary attitude’.

In late April week long visit to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, President Barack H. Obama reaffirmed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s earlier in the month commitment of United States’ readiness to come into the aid of allies around the region, when the threat is eminent, ‘clear and present danger’.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in his keynote address tonight committed readiness to play a more active role in region security, amidst rising tension between China and Vietnam in disputed territories.

30 May 2014 Last updated at 15:14

Shangri-La dialogue: Japan PM Abe urges security role

Mr Abe said Japan would support Southeast Asian countries in ensuring regional security

Japan’s PM says his country will play a greater role in regional security and support South-East Asian countries in territorial disputes with China.

Shinzo Abe made the comments at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

The three-day summit involves the US and South-East Asian countries, and comes amid growing tensions between China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Chinese officials said Mr Abe was using the “myth” of a China threat to strengthen Japan’s security policy.

Japan-China ties have also been strained over disputed islands in the East China Sea.

‘Seas and skies’
Mr Abe gave the keynote address at the Shangri-La Dialogue, also known as the Asia Security Summit, on Friday.

Japan, he said, would play “a more proactive role than it has until now in making peace in Asia and the world something more certain”.

“Japan will offer its utmost support for the efforts of the countries of Asean [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] as they work to ensure the security of the seas and the skies.”
Chinese and Vietnamese vessels have confronted each other in disputed waters in the South China Sea

Top Chinese official Deputy Foreign Minister Fu Ying (centre) said Tokyo, not Beijing, was threatening regional security

Top Chinese official Deputy Foreign Minister Fu Ying (centre) said Tokyo, not Beijing, was threatening regional security

Mr Abe added that he supported efforts by the Philippines and Vietnam to resolve territorial disputes with China.

Earlier this month, the Japanese prime minister called for a new interpretation of the country’s constitution, which currently bans “the threat or use of force” to settle international disputes.

China, which had parts of its territory occupied by Japan during World War Two, has criticised the move.

On Friday, Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Fu Ying, who is also at the summit, said Mr Abe was “trying to amend the security policy of Japan” in a move that was “worrying for the region”.

Mr Abe had exacerbated regional tensions and the “myth” that China was “posing a threat to Japan”, she added.

Analysts say that although some Asean members will be reluctant to antagonise China because of their economic and political ties, others are likely to welcome an increased role from Japan.

‘Overplaying its hand’
China continues to unsettle its neighbours after declaring an air defence zone in the East China Sea and taking a more confrontational stance over disputed islands in the South China Sea, the BBC’s Sharanjit Leyl in Singapore reports.

The forum is a chance for senior delegates from the region to meet face to face and attempt to resolve tensions, our correspondent adds.

Beijing claims a U-shaped swathe of the South China Sea that covers areas other South-East Asian nations say are their territory.
Analysis: Jonathan Marcus, BBC diplomatic correspondent

Mr Abe wants to step up support for countries locked in maritime disputes with Beijing. He condemned those who wished to”consolidate changes to the status quo” by dictating to others – another stab at China.

Mr Abe wants to change Japan’s post-war consensus to allow the country to take a more active role in collective defence. And it wasn’t just what Mr Abe said – it was where he said it.

There is no collective security organisation like Nato in Asia and thus the conference known as the Shangri-La Dialogue has become the main annual security “event” in the region.

This was the first time that a Japanese leader had given the keynote address there – a sure sign that Mr Abe wants Japan to take a more expansive role in the wider security debate.
On Tuesday, a Vietnamese fishing boat sank after it collided with a Chinese vessel near a controversial oil rig in the South China Sea, with both countries blaming the other for the incident.

Vietnam has protested against China moving its oil rig to waters also claimed by Hanoi, at a spot near the disputed Paracel Islands.

Meanwhile, the Philippines is in the process of taking China to a UN court over its territorial claims in the South China Sea.

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said he would use the summit to raise issues “where we think China is overplaying its hand and presenting new challenges”.


China which signed the United Nations Convention Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) and the Document of Conduct (DOC) with ASEAN nations in November 2002 where it has been outlined that issues pertaining multiple claims and disputed territories should be be resolved through diplomatic channels such as dialogues, chose to deploy military units instead.

When the Philippines brought the contentious multiple claims on Scarborough Shoal to the International Court of Justice for arbitration, China’s rejection of the  move with the reaction that the United Nations body did not possess the necessary qualification to resolve the case.

It is obvious that China’s bluff can no longer hold water and their blatant and gross disregard to international opinion is reflective of their greed and self-serving attitude surpass even its own pride as an upcoming global economic and diplomatic power.


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  1. I’m afraid every time I read the news connected with this “Lessons from Paracels” series, I don’t have good feelings for the Chinese. Maybe because I don’t have good feelings for DAP that is anti-Malay, anti-Islam and caused the race riots of 1969, and I don’t trust the DAP or the Chinese in the mainland.

    If true that China’s Peoples’ Liberation Army takes the stand that Asian nations should not form any military alliance with third parties as their ‘defense mechanism’, that sounds to me as DAP gangsters’ talk.

    When the female Deputy Chinese Foreign Minister Fu Ying said Tokyo, not Beijing, was threatening regional security, that sounds to me like DAP Teresa Kok, recently charged for sedition. If there is a Sedition Act at the international level, that Fu Ying would be liable to be charged.

    I don’t mind it one bit and look forward to its outcome when China said on Friday it would promote its own security theory at an Asian defence forum this weekend, setting the scene for a clash between China and Japan.

    I wanna see international problems resolved via the United Nations. But when China, one of the five Permanent Members of the UN, chooses to ram Vietnamese ships and scramble fighter jets to face off the opponent’s patrolling, reconnaissance or fighter jets over disputed territories, that clearly is bullying. And no human being, or nation, should tolerate such lowly and despicable acts.

  2. President Obama has reaffirmed Defense Secretary Hagel’s earlier commitment of United States to come into the aid of allies around the region, when the threat is eminent, ‘clear and present danger’. Of course, this is variously interpreted, including the US doing nothing or mere saber rattling if and when such threat becomes “eminent, ‘clear and present danger’”.

    US is too committed elsewhere, both at home and abroad in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, says one opinion that happily concludes that China will have a free reign over this region, doing as it pleases. But opinions remain opinions and, unless equipped with reliable and hard intelligence, expert analyses and tested judgment on the intentions of the parties concerned, no one opinion is better than the other.

    But talk and discuss we must, to generate awareness of the problems caused by the words and deeds of the bully. Hopefully prompting suitable action by the powers that be. Like updating our military radar that has been proven by the MH370 disappearance to be quite a farce.

    Nope, we can’t even begin to think of defending ourselves alone, not even as a group under ASEAN, or under existing military ties with UK, Australia and New Zealand, such Commonwealth arrangement not being a military pact in the normal sense of the word. But can we allow China telling us small fellas not to have a military alliance with third parries, and what choice do we have, let’s talk about such things, shall we?

  3. […] Panda bluff. Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Fu Ying calls for the Asia-Pacific community to work together and form greater trust in the region, for mutual co-operation and progress. […]

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