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China’s plans to control South China Sea; Philippines and Vietnam are just the beginning


Reclamation going on at Johnson South Reef

Reclamation going on at Johnson South Reef

The following is a translation from Chinese media:

China believes that it’s reclamation of land on Johnson South Reef can monitor and control three countries – Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia. China also believes that the construction of an artificial island will give it control of the sea lanes in the South China Sea.

Chigua Reef, also known as Johnson South Reef, is located roughly in the middle of the area within the nine-dash line claimed by China. Almost all the islands and reefs controlled by China, and some of the islands and reefs occupied by other countries, are at a distance less than 150km from it. This facilitates surveillance of them by future troops stationed there.

According to experts, China monitors the area now via satellites and drones to safeguard China’s sovereignty there. However, the best way of surveillance is by the troops stationed on the reef.

The location of the reef is of especially great strategic significance as it is one of the 20 islands and reefs in Jiuzhang Reefs (also known as Union Bank). The artificial island built there can contain not only the military base but also tourism, fishery and fish farming bases to support tourism, fishing and fish farming in quite a few nearby reefs. The disputes over the sovereignty will not last forever so that a large military base will only be useful for a few decades, but the facilities for tourism, fishery and fish farming will be useful forever for China to make the reefs and waters beneficial.

As the reef is located near Nanhua (or Cornwallis South) Waterway with busy shipping traffic and manoeuvres of strategic submarines, a military base there is important for protecting China’s security and trade lifelines.

Moreover, according to analysis by experts, the reef is the best for large-scale reclamation to build an artificial island. Over the past decade, there have been some articles predicting that China will be able to conduct some major moves in the South China Sea by 2014 because by that time, China’s Beidou Satellite Navigation System will cover East Asia, many destroyers, frigates and coastguard ships will be built and commissioned, the aircraft carrier will have initial combat capability, and oil and natural gas rigs and pipe-laying ships will be built and ready for use.

No wonder, Vietnam and the Philippines are responding and will respond strongly, but the oil rig move and artificial island project on the reef are but the beginning. The severe storm caused by China’s follow-up moves will soon follow.

Source: qianzhan.com – Exposure of China’s approach to control the South China Sea: “Reclamation of land on Johnson South Reef can monitor and control three countries” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the article in Chinese)
 
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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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19 thoughts on “China’s plans to control South China Sea; Philippines and Vietnam are just the beginning

  1. China, just like Russia, is getting surrounded and blocked on all sides. Their old history and pride will be their biggest mistake. Instead of building better ties with surrounding smaller countries, they directly and indirectly threaten them. That makes them approach and seek help from the US. If China was smarter, they should go a change and start building better relations with them. US is very happy they are getting more allies. China will be the big loser. Strange that China pushed Vietnam to get better ties with US for every day.

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    Posted by CrazyGuyinThailand | June 12, 2014, 5:01 pm
  2. It’s a wake-up call for Malaysia and Indonesia to get out of bed before their Chinese “partner” permanently, impregnate their next generations with genes of aggression. China has time if you allow them and time to act is now, not after the whole sea is gone!

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    Posted by tse yang | June 13, 2014, 11:48 pm
  3. You people just don’t get it, huh? You simply – “Don’t Get It”!

    And while you try to figure out China, while you try to play “diplomacy” and all that other politics

    Editor’s Note: The remainder of this comment was deleted for high levels of profanity and anti-western racial vilification

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    Posted by China Lover | June 16, 2014, 2:02 pm

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