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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 08:34 PM

Chinese army general calls for 'decisive action' vs Philippines

Source: abs-cbn news

Chinese army general calls for 'decisive action' vs PH
by Jojo Malig, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 04/28/2012 4:20 AM | Updated as of 04/28/2012 8:14 AM

MANILA, Philippines - China should launch "decisive action" against the Philippines to reinforce Beijing's claim on the disputed Scarborough Shoal, a hardline Chinese army general said Friday.

People's Liberation Army (PLA) Major General Luo Yuan, in a commentary published by state-owned website china.org.cn, said China has not abandoned the idea of "war at all costs" to protect its interests.

"'Peaceful rise and 'period of strategic opportunity' preclude war," said Luo, who has been described by Western media as "hawkish" for his ultranationalist views.

"It is incorrect to assume that China will completely rule out military action in any event during this 'period of strategic opportunity,'" he said, referring to Beijing's dispute with Manila


Read more: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/04/27/12/chinese-general-calls-decisive-action-vs-philippines



From China Daily April 28
Voices

@Hongguoquan Writer and director at the Military Channnel of China Central Television

Instead of withdrawing vessels, China should strengthen its sovereignty over Huangyan Island by hoisting the national flag, establishing the monument of sovereignty, building military bases, or at least setting up a fishery base on the island. Huangyan Island should be viewed as a demonstration area for "breaking the deadlock" of the South China Sea. Since the Philippines raised the Huangyan Island issue, we have to show the world how we will safeguard our national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

@Caoxinglong Former ambassador to Portugal

It is understandable that people are a little anxious about Huangyan Island. But we can rest assured that our government will deal with it. First, China is a big country, so only by adopting the underdog attitude and striking only after the enemy has struck can we have the initiative and win worldwide sympathy. Second, the best policy is to subdue the enemy without fighting. We should try to avoid the use of force to secure our territory. Necessary deterrent with diplomatic and economic means will be enough.

@Beijingluge International affairs researcher with Tsinghua University

Unlike the disputed islands and reefs, Huangyan Island is an inherent part of China's territory, and China's sovereignty over the island has full legal and actual basis. The core is to strengthen the consciousness of sovereignty. While maintaining a low government profile, China should mobilize a high-profile public opinion campaign to make its voice heard and keep the international society from being misled.

@Fenghuangshipin Official Weibo account of v.ifeng.com

Major General Luo Yuan indicates that China not only should "not withdraw fire", but should also take this opportunity to strengthen its sovereignty over Huangyan Island, hoist the national flag on it, establish the sovereignty monument and build a military base. We should show the world how we safeguard our national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The pursuit of a peaceful rise doesn't mean renunciation of war. China should eliminate the mistaken belief that China won't resort to the use of force to ensure the "strategic opportunity period".
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opinion/2012-04/27/content_15164112.htm

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Prometheus Bound Apr 2012 OP
lovuian Apr 2012 #1
FreakinDJ Apr 2012 #11
tawadi May 2012 #19
teddy51 Apr 2012 #2
Prometheus Bound Apr 2012 #4
zoff May 2012 #16
DRoseDARs Apr 2012 #3
DCBob Apr 2012 #7
Bodhi BloodWave May 2012 #17
rayofreason May 2012 #18
DCBob Apr 2012 #8
Prometheus Bound Apr 2012 #10
Uncle Joe Apr 2012 #15
unkachuck Apr 2012 #5
fascisthunter Apr 2012 #6
steve2470 Apr 2012 #9
saras Apr 2012 #12
Prometheus Bound Apr 2012 #14
Odin2005 Apr 2012 #13

Response to Prometheus Bound (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 08:39 PM

1. This is all about OIL the island in question has reserves

and China wants it

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Response to lovuian (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:47 PM

11. China didn't give a shit about those islands until they found oil

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Response to lovuian (Reply #1)

Fri May 11, 2012, 01:42 PM

19. Ah. Now it makes sense. eom

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Response to Prometheus Bound (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 08:46 PM

2. Something like this could get out of hand pretty quickly though, so I hope that the game of

 

chicken has a good ending!

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Response to teddy51 (Reply #2)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:08 PM

4. That's exactly what I was thinking.

The people in charge on both sides cannot look weak or they are politically doomed.

It could get nasty very quickly.

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Response to Prometheus Bound (Reply #4)

Fri May 11, 2012, 03:52 AM

16. not really

Aquino is a one-term president (unlike Obama) so has no image to protect.

The chinese however, are concerned about their image of being THE asian superpower at all costs.

Even war with a near-defenseless country that is now paying the price for not caring about their military for decades.

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Response to Prometheus Bound (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:06 PM

3. In case anyone is wondering, the island is waaay closer to the Philippines than mainland China.

It'd be like Libya getting into a pissing contest with Italy over Sicily, or India going at it with the US over Hawai'i. This is just China being the regional bully.

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Response to DRoseDARs (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:26 PM

7. Indeed. Its absurd China is laying claim to this area.

Hopefully the Philippines does not back down. Call their bluff.

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Response to DCBob (Reply #7)

Fri May 11, 2012, 06:03 AM

17. while i mostly agree, couldn't the same be said about the falkland conflict

in regards to the British claim to it?

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Response to Bodhi BloodWave (Reply #17)

Fri May 11, 2012, 09:34 AM

18. No.

The Falklands is full of people who don't want to be part of Argentina.

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Response to DRoseDARs (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:28 PM

8. Here's a map to prove your point.


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Response to DRoseDARs (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:30 PM

10. 135 miles from Philippines; 546 miles from China

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Response to Prometheus Bound (Reply #10)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 09:04 PM

15. This is obviously a case of China trying to bully the Philippines and

I don't believe China's expansionism will end there either.

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Response to Prometheus Bound (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:20 PM

5. "...Major General Luo Yuan..."

 

....I'm not convinced he's Chinese, he sounds like one of ours....

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Response to Prometheus Bound (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:22 PM

6. Holy Shit.... so now I see why China Holds our Debt

it's insurance for America

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Response to Prometheus Bound (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:29 PM

9. Hopefully this is just hot air by China but makes me nervous still nt

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Response to Prometheus Bound (Original post)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 11:49 AM

12. They're going to pull a Gulf of Mexico in the South China Sea? Awesome - if you're a tube worm

 

You may have a future on this planet after your competition bows out.

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Response to saras (Reply #12)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 09:03 PM

14. Yes, I think that's inevitable.

Better they argue and even fight about it for centuries than make an agreement, start drilling, and fuck up even more of the Pacific.

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Response to Prometheus Bound (Original post)

Sat Apr 28, 2012, 08:20 PM

13. Looks like China is really stepping into the nationalist idiot mire.

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