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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on March 27th, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Chinese Navy Being Used To Force Claim To Territory Off of Malaysia’s Coast

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The Chinese are continuing to increase their provocations against their neighbors:

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A Chinese amphibious task force conducted patrol and training missions at a shoal 50 miles from Malaysia’s coast Monday, furthering its assertive claims to nearly all territory in an area that most of the world considers international waters.

Chinese officials said they “were determined to safeguard the country’s sovereignty with their services on the South China Sea” during a ceremony at uninhabited James Shoal, according to Xinhua news agency and the People’s Daily Online, the Communist Party’s official newspaper.

China often sends fishing boats and quasi-military surveillance ships to the hundreds of islands and reefs in the South China Sea that are also claimed by neighboring countries. The visit to James Shoal, known as Zengmu Reef to China, was unusual for the firepower brought to bear on a territory also claimed by Malaysia and Taiwan.

The task force was led by the landing ship Jinggangshan, a 19,000-ton displacement, nearly 700-foot vessel considered by China military analysts to be among the more advanced of the country’s rapidly modernizing military. The craft is able to transport helicopters, marines and air-cushion landing crafts, according to analysts. [Stars & Stripes]

You can read the rest at the link, but it appears that the Chinese are trying to provoke one of these Southeast Asian countries to overreact to further justify a harsher military response to occupy the territory they are trying to claim. At the same time they want to keep the provocations small enough to where it would not justify a US military response. Over time they believe this strategy will allow them to claim the South China Sea.

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  • thomas lee
    4:50 pm on March 27th, 2013 1

    how’s the old Chinese saying go… kill a chicken to scare the monkeys…

  • Shin dong Pooh
    9:17 pm on March 27th, 2013 2

    Those [DELETED RACIAL SLUR] are getting brazen. That is 1000km from Hainan and 80km from Sarawak. United Malay front to confront this bully. Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines should unite as Malay brothers against the DELETED.

  • Bill Purcell
    1:56 am on March 28th, 2013 3

    The way the Chinese and the Muslims are going about things I wonder who is going to rule the world in future years?.

  • Jake
    5:54 am on March 28th, 2013 4

    Now that Malaysia has some combat experience with terrorists in Sabah, I think they can deal with the Chinese :mrgreen: . Shoot ‘em and round ‘em up. Malaysia, after all, does not seem to fear “terrorist” rights complainers

  • ahh1488ifieaf
    1:27 am on April 9th, 2013 5

    ^exactly.

 

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