This exchange proceeded earlier communications between a Filipino single-engine passenger plane carrying a BBC reporter and the Chinese Navy. The gist of the conversation was (*the Chinese used broken English) “You are in Chinese sovereign territory […] Please leave the area to avoid miscalculations” (*the last term was indeed used, verbatim).
Can the West actually do anything about the noose China is tightening around a body of water which conveys 40% of the world’s shipping? Or are these ineffectual “fly-overs” - something the Australian govt’ have so far been too fretful to own to publicly (albeit convention that they were indeed conducting them) - that are summarily met with poorly veiled warnings and underlying disdain, as ‘assertive’ as the West gets? :dubious:
What happens when China’s expansionist claims are realised and they begin limiting traffic through this zone, followed by the inevitable plundering of its undersea resources; resources that are rightfully (geographically speaking) belong to other adjacent nations – regional conflict/s? Then what – U.S. intervention leading to a larger war?!
What does it say of ‘Law of the Sea’, the West asserting itself when it is called for / they’re expected to and, indeed, U.S. supremacy, when China can pluck some centuries-old parchment from their bony backside and declare it proof of holy writ of whatever claim takes their fancy? :dubious: