China is responding to the refusal of the United States under President Trump to allow them cherry pick the territory of other nations and claim it as their own, a practice they began in earnest under the Obama regime, dredging coral reefs into islands and then making those islands Chinese military installations, complete with air strips, big guns and missiles and port facilities.
On Saturday Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang urged the US to avoid discussion of the issue of Chinese aggression as it pertains to Japanese territory, reiterating China’s claim of sovereignty over tiny, uninhabited islands known in Japanese as the Senkaku and Chinese as Diaoyu.
In Secretary of Defense Mattis first trip to Asia in his new position, he explicitly stated in comments made in Tokyo that the Trump Administration will adhere to the previous US position that the US – Japan security treaty includes defending Japan in their continued administration of the Senkaku islands.
Since the Trump administration is opposing their land grab, they dismissed the Secretary’s statement, with Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang describing the treaty as “a product of the Cold War, which should not impair China’s territorial sovereignty and legitimate rights.” China has no legitimate rights to those islands outside of within their own propaganda, but they make the claims as cover for their aggression. When America had a weak ‘pretend’ president and weak nations as victims, it worked. Things are different under President Trump and Secretary of Defense Mattis.
Lu said, “We urge the U.S. side to take a responsible attitude, stop making wrong remarks on the issue involving the Diaoyu islands’ sovereignty, and avoid making the issue more complicated and bringing instability to the regional situation.” No matter what country they’re in, communists in China or progressives like Obama in the US, they always project their own offenses upon their adversaries. Now the US is creating instability by telling them to stop planting their flag where it doesn’t belong.
The islands are located between nearby Taiwan and Okinawa and were under U.S. administration from the end of World War II until their return to Japan in 1972. That was just seven years before the one China policy shift to the communists – is that also just a “product of the cold war” that is now irrelevant?
China is also unhappy that the United States, under President Trump, will be following through with its deployment of a high-end missile defense system in South Korea this year. That Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, system is marketed by the US as being intended solely to enhance the defensive capabilities of South Korea and Japan, and our troops stationed in those countries, against a missile attack by North Korea. The powerful radar used by the system would also permit the monitoring of northeastern China, include troop movements.
Lu said in a Friday news conference that China’s “resolute opposition to the deployment … remains unchanged and will not change.” He added that the deployment “will jeopardize security and the strategic interests of regional countries, including China, and undermine the strategic balance in the region.” Those strategic interests, we would assume, belong to the Chinese, the ones concerned over the balance in the region. The bullies stealing islands from their neighbors.
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