Spicer Says Trump Admin Won’t Allow China Island Stealing To Continue

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The neutrality of the South China Sea is vital to the global economy and to the interests of nations in the region. For eight years it’s been pretty much no-man’s land as there was no man in the White House to prevent China from taking disregarding the sovereignty of its neighbors and embark on their unprecedented island building program on reefs that belong to their neighbors.

On Friday, with the arrival of a real American President in the Oval Office, that all changed. President Trump pledged on Monday that the United States would not tolerate China’s aggressive actions, their stealing of territory in the international waters of the South China Sea.

Chinese media has previously thrown down the gauntlet to the US, daring Washington to interfere in their creation of military island bases upon reefs that belong to other nations in the region. They stated they would continue and stopping them would require the US to “wage war.”

White House Spokesperson Sean Spicer stated in a news briefing, “I think the U.S. is going to make sure that we protect our interests there,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer told a news briefing. He was asked if President Trump agreed with the statement in his confirmation testimony by Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson regarding the practice of China dredging other nations’ reefs into islands and then planting their own flag and creating an armed military installation.

Spicer said, “It’s a question of if those islands are in fact in international waters and not part of China proper, then yeah, we’re going to make sure that we defend international territories from being taken over by one country.”

Tillerson stated in his confirmation hearings his position on the island building and stealing program as, “We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed.”

In June the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal ruled against China’s claims, stating that their “nine-dash line,” the supposed basis for their aggression, is invalid.

 The Tribunal concluded there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line. Having found that none of the features claimed by China was capable of generating an exclusive economic zone, the Tribunal found that it could—without delimiting a boundary—declare that certain sea areas are within the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, because those areas are not overlapped by any possible entitlement of China.” They also stated in their conclusion that China has violated the sovereignty of the Philippines in regards to what has largely been a dispute over the Spratly Islands, located adjacent to the Philippines, roughly 165 miles away from Palawan and 1,000 miles from China.

Reuters reported that no immediate response was made by the Chinese embassy in Washington to a request for comment. They also cited aides to President Trump as affirming the administration’s commitment to a major naval build-up in East Asia as a counter measure to China’s rise and their rising aggression.

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9 Comments on Spicer Says Trump Admin Won’t Allow China Island Stealing To Continue

  1. Dr. Deplorable // January 24, 2017 at 11:53 am // Reply

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  2. Is the U.S. in charge of the South China Sea? Is the U.S. the Worldwide Seas Police Force? Who put them in charge? If I was President of China, I would tell Trump and Mad Dog to kiss my effing ass. China was there a long time before the U.S. existed.

    • They’ve established a bogus claim and are using it to take over land that is within the recognized 200 mile territorial boundary. Prior to their falsified claim there was no dispute with any of the nations that I know of as to the islands/reefs. the spratleys have never belonged to China by any measure other than the fictitious claim and there is an effort underway to take through aggression control of all the shipping lanes to half of the world along with the energy deposits below. Once they’ve done that, they can extort virtually anything from any nation in the region and it’s what they are presently working to set up.

      • Claim to the Islands of the South China Sea has been under dispute for many years, at least since 1946 that I know of. In addition to China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam have declared territorial ownership to islands in their respective areas. And, all of them, including China, are signatories to the Law of the Sea Treaty which, under international law, provides a forum for resolution of such disputes. The U.S. never signed the Treaty.

        Interestingly, Taiwan also has claimed portions of the Sea as part of their sovereign territory. The debate over “One China” needs to be considered part the overall dispute. Regardless, although the U.S. does have commercial interest in the dispute, the nations who have agreed to various forms of diplomatic resolution such as the 2002 “Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea” should be left to address the matter without interference and threats of military force from the U.S.

        Hopefully, the muscle flexing from Mattis and Trump is simply an early step in a longer term exercise towards making a deal. The U.S. cannot afford to become engaged in another war that it is unprepared to win.

        • the Spratlys were the islands resolved in arbitration by the un this past summer though, David, they’re a thousand miles from China, just off the coast of the Philippines, an island nation. the disputes with the others are territory grabs as well, but the un ruled on the spratlys. it’s settled but china refuses to accept the result. That’s like Vancouver claiming land outside of Tijuana that they’ve never had a presence on, or the Aztec remnants coming into New Mexico – it’s ridiculous and obvious. Why not just declare a 20 dash line and ownership of the whole world. They’ve got no valid claim, been ruled on by the UN, it’s aggression, land and control acquisition pure and simple.

          • I fully agree, Rick. However, without invitation from one or more of the involved nations, I don’t think the the U.S. is justified in their threat of military force, especially since the U.S. has not (yet) suffered any injury. The Philippines prevailed in the UN ruling and should decide if they want help enforcing the ruling. Let them go get help from India or Russia, nations who heavily rely on the area to be open for commercial navigation and who are happily sitting on their hands watching the U.S. fight the battle for them. The U.S. should stand down and keep their powder dry until it’s really needed.

  3. That land is not china’s nor is the sea water location of those man made military bases or base that China is concocting. That’s like someone jumping into your backyard, building a hut and declaring your yard as belonging to them. China needs a few swift kicks. They are commies and commies never respect anyone or any rules. Like the demlibs

  4. if it wasn’t an island before and they made it into one, how is that stealing?

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