In the South China Sea, Southeast Asian countries are increasingly wary of giant neighbors.
On January 15, 2022
The conflict in the South China Sea dates back decades. They all make contradictory claims, including Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam. But just ten years ago, China, which covered almost the entire ocean with exotic ocean claims, drastically raised its harbinger. First, it caused a standoff that left it under the control of the unmanned atoll, Scarbara Shawl. It is clearly part of the Philippines under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and is within the country’s 200 nautical miles of the “Exclusive Economic Zone” (eez). .. Later, China began a large-scale terraforming exercise, transforming coral reefs and rocks into artificial islands with runways and bases. What did China achieve in 10 years, as well as wanting to destroy a unique ecosystem?
The terraforming of the sea is over. China’s President Xi Jinping argued that their purpose was to benefit everyone, for example, to enhance the navigational security of merchant ships and that the new island had no military purpose. The request is nonsense. The artificial island has long-range bombers, reinforced bunkers, missile batteries, and runways for military radar. According to regional diplomats and analysts, the long-term goal is to project China’s power deep into the South China Sea and keep Americans out of conflict.