Openly agressive

In an openly aggressive posture, China sent a “civilian maritime patrol ships into the South China Sea to protect its ‘rights and sovereignty,'”.  

It seems that the vessel “will head for Singapore, passing near the Paracel and Spratly island groups at the heart of disputes with Vietnam, the Philippines and other governments. Chinese news reports were plain about the intent of the trip and the news drew concern from the Philippines.” It would appear the one nation that is raising tensions the most is China itself. The vessel once it reaches its destination intends to “monitor shipping, carry out surveying, inspect oil wells and ‘protect maritime security,'”.

The highly antagonistic move comes just “weeks of trading accusations with Vietnam and the Philippines over what each government sees as intrusions and illegitimate claims over territorial waters by the other in a stretch of ocean spanned by key shipping lanes”.

This aggression has been commented on by Sen James Inhofe (R-OK). Senator Inhofe notes that China essentially claims the entire South China Sea as it’s own, a claim widely disputed by neighbouring nations. He argues that China has “threatened the other countries (nine in all) of the region who have overlapping claims to the 1.35 million square miles of water.”

Saying that multilateral agreement between China and its neighbours have failed, that “China needs to receive a clear message that their continued harassment will no longer be tolerated.” Senator Inhofe notes the increasing number of Chinese acts of agression and says that “the freedom of navigation as well as the national security interests of the United States and its allies in the region,” is under threat and dialouge must return.

Not only are the Chinese being agressive regarding military matters they also ignore the Catholic Church and its world recognised role of appointing bishops. It was reported that “next ordination of a bishop not endorsed by Rome could come within a week” by the state endorsed Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association behind the move. This agresssion comes after relations had been improving before the current and long running crisis.   

All we can do now is wait and see.

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