China answers several controversies on maritime territorial disputes and her relationship with other Asian neighbor, especially with Korea.
Lt. Gen Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of the People’s Liberation Army of China, said that the Chinese government and military is seeking only peaceful development and should not be viewed it’s strengthening of military as a threat as reported by Fox News.
This was disclosed on Sunday during the Annual Security conference in Singapore. As speculations grew about its maritime disputes and China’s relationship with neighboring Asian Countries especially North Korea, Fox News added.
Moreover, one notable dispute is the one with Japan. China and Japan has been caught up in long battles over the Senkaku Islands to the Japanese and Diaoyutai to the Chinese. Bilateral relations had turned out not good for both nations. In fact, China is assertive of its dominance by sending government ships into Japan’s territorial waters last April.
During the conference, Qi was questioned on it’s growing military and regional assertiveness. Qi said that China is only safeguarding its sovereignty in its dispute with Japan and other countries such as Philippines and Vietnam in the South China Sea.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR CHINA?
Several opinions and speculations were gathered as to why is China and other Asian countries are in conflict with maritime territories. Who owns who? It is believed that the interest of other nations could include a vast fishing areas or maybe a potential exploitation of a crude oil and natural gas under the waters of various parts of South China Sea Or the strategic control of shipping lanes.
South China Sea is dubbed as the ‘second Persian sea” as its vastness may contain 17.7 billion tons of crude oil as compared to Kuwait with 13 billion tons
STATEMENT OF QI:
Back to Qi’s and China’s stand, “ … the Chinese warships and the patrolling activity are totally legitimate and its uncontroversial to patrol within our territory” China wanted to resolve the issue through bilateral talk although other nations wanted to push for multilateral talks.
Qi also dealt on China’s stand with North Korea wherein U.S is seeking their assistance in resolving problem with Pyongyang. Threats against the U.S and its allies posed a tension as an impending rocket launches and threats of nuclear strikes is in the offing. “ I think we are overestimating the situation in North Korea. As far as we know, it is stable and we don’t see any breakdown in the country,” Qi answered in one of the series of questions, as told by Fox news. These and more have somewhat answered controversies hounding China on maritime territorial disputes and its relationship with her Asian neighbors
SPECIFIC DISPUTES OVER THE SOUTH CHINA SEA:
- Maritime boundary in the Gulf of Tonkin between Vietnam and China
- Maritime boundary along the Vietnamese coast between Vietnam, China, and Taiwan
- Maritime boundary in the waters north of the Natuna Islandsbetween Indonesia, China, and Taiwan
- Maritime boundary north of Borneo between Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei
- Islands in the southern reaches of the South China Sea, including the Spratley Islands by Vietnam, Malaysia, The Philippines, Taiwan, and China
- Maritime boundary off the coast of central Philippines and Luzon between the Philippines, China, and Taiwan
- Islands in the northern reaches of the South China Sea, including the Paracel Islands between Vietnam, China, and Taiwan
- Maritime boundary in the Luzon Strait between the Philippines and Taiwan, including islands
- The nine-dash area claimed by China which covers most of the South China sea and overlaps EEZ of Brunei, Malaysia, Philippine and Vietnam (taken from Wikipedia).
By: Anthony Derayunan