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Japan’s South China Sea trip: Who will weeping?

written by Thủy Tinh Vỡ

Japan's new foreign minister Koichiro Gemba. - AFP Photo

According to news from Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Japan’s Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba has begun a 5-day tour of Southeast Asia. Gemba is scheduled to visit Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, and meet their foreign ministers and other senior officials.

What’s special from this trip?

NHK reported that this trip is “vital for establishing order and stability backed by democratic values in the Asia- Pacific region.”

Gemba seeks to strengthen bilateral ties and exchange views with each country on Japan’s economic cooperation with fast-growing Southeast Asian nations and on maritime safety in regional waters, NHK reported.

Gemba visit Southeast Asia but made Beijing fears and weeping.

China Daily, the widest print circulation of any English-language newspaper in China, said that Japan muddies water in South China Sea.  “Any move which is designated to multilateralize or internationalize the South China Sea issue will make the question more complex and neither will it help,”, Chinadaily quoted China Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng’s told.

China has always tried to protest for internationalizing South China Sea issue, but all of it’s efforts were in vain. U.S, India recently have joined in South China Sea dispute. India Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) is planning oil and gas exploration in 127, 128 in the Vietnam’s South China Sea region.

“I would like to reaffirm that China enjoys indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea and the island.”

“China’s stand is based on historical facts and international law,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu told a media briefing in Beijing without directly referring to India.

Reuters reported on Thu Sep 22, 2011 that Official Chinese newspaper, the People’s Daily, commented strongly condemning.

If Vietnam and India pursued any joint interest that damaged relations with China “as well as the stability and peaceful economic development of the entire South China Sea region, the losses will outweigh the gains”, Reuters said.

But India insists the area ONGC wishes to explore is well within Vietnam’s territorial waters.

“We will proceed with drilling at our block (in the South China Sea) on a schedule established according to our technical convenience,” a senior ONGC executive told AFP, asking not to be named.

He added India’s foreign ministry had told ONGC the area where the oil firm wished to explore was “very much inside Vietnam’s territory.”, AFP said.

How China will protect it’s Claimed that “China enjoys indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea and the island” when it could not give any evidence?

Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines responded with their own notes verbales to the CLCS to reject China’s claim and the U-shaped line map. Vietnam’s notes maintained that China’s claim as represented by the U-shaped line “has no legal, historical or factual basis, therefore is null and void.” Indonesia’s note said that the U-shaped line map “clearly lacks international legal basis and is tantamount to upset the UNCLOS 1982.” The Philippines’ note said that China’s claim to most of the South China Sea “would have no basis under international law, specifically UNCLOS”, Huy Duong said on Asia Times Online.

Back to Gemba trip with “maritime safety in regional waters”.

“There is no question about the freedom and safety of navigation in the South China Sea. Countries in and out of the region are beneficiaries,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said during a daily press briefing on Sept 29, Chinadaily confirmed.

A Chinese warship confronted the India’s INS Airavat when it was 45 nautical miles off the Vietnamese coast, considered to be within Vietnam’s economic zone On July 22.

On May 26, three Chinese ships closed and threatened the Binh Minh02 when it was 120 miles from the coast of Vietnam and 350 miles south of Hainan Island and at cut the cables which Binh Minh 02 was dragging.

Two weeks later on 9th June 2011, Chinese boats repeated their acts of cutting the cable of PetroVietnam’s Viking2 vessels.

In terms of civil as fishing, Vietnamese fisherman regularly were robbed, impoverished by illegal activities of Chinese ships in Vietnamese waters.

The question is: what  was China’s “based on historical facts and international law” that  allowed it do all above illegal action and Who will hear Chinadaily weeping?


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