ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Troubled waters in the China sea

Updated on November 27, 2011

What is happening in the China sea? Why this palpable electrifying tension in the Pacific part of the world? Why two thousand and five hundred American marines will debark from mid 2012 in the military base of Darwin in Australia? Why warships will cruise the area? Why the consolidation of the erection of a new naval base in Guam? Why this sudden deployment of forces in the open? To impress? Not that far from the truth...

In his solemn tour in the Pacific president Obama, winged sandals shod, carried a message behind the pomp of the congratulations and the hand shakes. His prosaic objectives, that didn't strike the eye immediately, is the signature of contracts... As he carried with pride the colors of the American industry and preached well its virtues, Boeing and Indonesia sealed their partnership with the green currency. The other goal, more flaunting, is the display of the shinier American plumage.

Since 2009 China stressed on its agenda the modernization of its army. Today, its military budget ranked second ($119 billion) worldwide, just behind the United-States. May China be seen as a menace? Last August, it launched its first aircraft carrier (America numbers 11). Maybe. Since 1970, it sent its first satellite. Its first spacial flight occurred in 1993. It never raised complaints and suspicions before? China is growing rapidly. It is not news. Which drop of water just made the ocean to overflow? What does scare the United-States? Its economical power (gaining the superpower status)? Its military sophistication (the strike capacity spreads from the JL2 missile -submarine-launched ballistic missile- to the fashionable stealth fighter jet)? Its foreign policies (turns its back to the U.S. and embraces illicit -for a Westerner's opinion- unions with North Korea, Iran...)? Its political alliances (the BRIC, to quote the most influential)?

Second largest trading country, second military force in the world and first energy consumer (weakness that entails in its case dependency), China developed a large commercial and diplomatic network to ensure the well-oiled machine of conquest success; Thus its remarkable ubiquity in the Middle-East (Iran, Saudi Arabia), in Africa (Algeria, Nigeria...) and South America (Brazil, Venezuela...). A series of incidents involving South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines pushed China to stand on a defensive mode and its neighbors, to call for help and duck behind the U.S. shield. United against one is their motto.

Unfortunately, in my eyes, the most credible explanation for this agitation is China's reassertion of its sovereignty over the China sea. On which motive, will you ask? Nothing more but new-found rare earth elements (withheld from the Japanese government, upon which is exerted a monopolistic trading by the Chinese authority) and recently discovered oil and natural gas deposits guaranteeing independence on the energy sector.

AH... Revelation... The commotion is not linked to the protection of countries that felt endangered by their geographic proximity or, that were violated by China but, and only, to their greed and lack of natural resources. By supporting South Korea, the Philippines and Japan (has the largest American overseas and operational base -Yokosuka- in the Western Pacific), America will, with a certain outcome, have its share of the pie. No risks involved, no unsureness related to the future of the investment, the wealth is there, ready to be extirpated from the abyss of the Pacific.

In a declining slope of oil production context, in a restricted market concerning rare earth elements, which country won't brandish its last card, the joker, to possess the property deeds of the China sea for its contents? Where is the ethics in disputing what belongs to another in order to rent the concession for exploitation, like the Philippines with India under the unquestionable blessing of the U.S.?


Isn't the China sea Chinese? If not, why did South Korea, Japan... wait until the discovery of rare earth elements, oil and gas to start to claim any rights on the rich waters? In this crisis that gathers all the ingredients for a Tom Clancy's novel, the future will belong to the one who won't make wave and solve the problem diplomatically.

Quite presumptuous...

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • maxoxam41 profile imageAUTHOR

      Deforest 

      5 years ago from USA

      Japan is voicing up, the Chinese are training too close to our islands! And? Aren't the Americans circling the Chinese with their trained military bases?

    • maxoxam41 profile imageAUTHOR

      Deforest 

      6 years ago from USA

      Update: Chinese president Hu Jintao called for its marine to be ready for some action and reiterated the modernization of the fleet. Are naval maneuvers part of the intimidation stratagem or simply an assertion of its free circulation on its territories?

      Meanwhile the Pentagone is shooting fear bullets to provoke the public opinion, I guess.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)