Such an attitude towards China has been preserved since the time of the "great opposition of the systems," since the times of the USSR and the USA, as two leaders of the fate of the world. Yes, there is such a country. Yes, every fourth citizen of the world is Chinese. Yes, China itself has almost unlimited human resources. Yes, the Chinese diasporas in any country of the world, especially the Chinese, and then the citizens of the country where they live. But China is not deciding anything in this world ...
The stamps that are absorbed by the majority of modern politicians with their mother's milk remain to this day central to the PRC. But the world has changed a long time ago!
Most of the world's news agencies reported, with varying degrees of importance, that the People’s Republic of China had ignored the decision of international arbitration. The one that was created through the mediation of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague.
The essence of the conflict between the PRC and other countries of the region, in this particular case with the Philippines, is in territorial claims to islands and atolls in the South China Sea.
There are groups of islands that are currently claimed by several states.
Thus, China and Vietnam conquer the Paracel Islands; Spratly Archipelago - Vietnam, China, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei; Scarborough Reef - Philippines and China. Prior to the beginning of the 20 century, by the way, there were no territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
The water area of the sea is of strategic importance: approximately 40% of world trade traffic passes through these sea routes, as well as through the Strait of Malacca, and transports up to 80% of Chinese imports of oil and gas.
At the beginning of the 70 of the last century, significant hydrocarbon reserves were found in the immediate vicinity of the islands. According to US experts, they make 11 billion barrels of oil and 5,9 trillion. cubic meters of gas. According to Chinese scientists, 230 billion barrels of oil and 16 trillion cubic meters of gas lie in the depths of the South China Sea.
It is in the spirit of the present. While the islands peacefully "lay" outside the sea routes from somewhere somewhere, until minerals were found on the islands (in this case hydrocarbons) nobody needed them.
And, accordingly, as soon as the islands themselves or the coastal waters began to promise profits, a feeling of patriotism awoke. Immediately at all. China, Philippines, Vietnam. Japan ... That's where you need to learn patriotism. Although ... In the northern latitudes today, too, the "patriots" woke up enough.
But back to the topic. Most readers do not even represent these most controversial "islands". That is why I will quote ITAR-TASS.
"The Spratly Islands (whale. - Nansha, Vietnam. - Chyongsa) stretch in a chain in the southern part of the sea between the Philippines, Vietnam, China and the island of Borneo. Their length is about 595 km. The islands start 402 km south of Vietnam and end at 169 km north of Borneo. The archipelago zone is not precisely defined. The largest atolls and coral reefs in the Spratly constitute more than a hundred, in total, according to some sources, in the archipelago there are about 200 islands and reefs.
The Paracel Islands (China. - Xisha, Vietnam. - Hoangsa) and Zhongsha are located in 200 km southeast of the Chinese island of Hainan and in 300 km east of the coast of Vietnam. The archipelago consists of 15 islands, as well as reefs and shoals located on the territory of 46 thousand square meters. km within a radius of approximately 100 km. Its length from west to east is 180 km, and from north to south is 170 km, the total area of the islands is about 3 square. km
Scarborough Reef (China. Huangyan) - small areas of land rising above the water and forming a triangle-shaped lagoon at the perimeter of 46 km. The reef area along with the lagoon - 150 square. km The nearest land is the Philippines, located in 220 km east of Scarborough. "
And now, when the card is at hand, it becomes clear the desire of everyone and everything to prove their "historical the right "to own islands. Territories that make it possible not only to control trade routes, but also to extract a lot of marine fauna, hydrocarbons and other minerals.
And, as you can see, the area of the territory has nothing to do with it. Much more important is the shelf.
The first is the perspectivity of these territories noted by China. It was the Chinese who first began to look at the "ownerless" territories with lust. "Dragon" saw the prey. And then, with perseverance and efficiency peculiar to the Chinese, the PRC began to explore the islands.
In the spring of 2012, Chinese border guards detained a group of Vietnamese fishermen who, according to Beijing, were engaged in illegal fishing in the Paracel Islands.
Since 16 May 2012, China has imposed a ban on fishing in some areas of the water area of the disputed islands.
In June, the 2012 of the year, the PRC government raised the status of the Xisha and Nansha Islands from a county level to a county within the Chinese province of Hainan.
At the end of June 2012, China announced its intention to hold an international tender for the exploration of oil and gas in the waters of the Spratly and Paracel Islands. Vietnam demanded to denounce the tender.
At the end of 2012, two PRC patrol boats prevented the Philippine side from arresting Chinese fishermen whose boats were located near the Scarborough Reef. Following this incident, the Philippines filed a complaint against China with the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
In May 2013, the China National Offshore Oil and Gas Corporation completed the construction in the South China Sea of Asia’s largest offshore deepwater gas platform in Asia.
Since the end of 2013, Beijing has been conducting large-scale hydrotechnical and construction work in the South China Sea to create artificial islands, as well as to expand and develop these territories.
17 March 2016 in Beijing announced that they would plant about half a million trees on disputed islands.
28 May 2016 of the year China has placed drones on one of the disputed islands.
1 June Beijing announced that it would create its own identification air defense zone over the South China Sea, which will be extended to all the disputed islands controlled by the PRC.
9 July 2016 The People’s Liberation Army of China conducted military exercises in the South China Sea, involving surface ships, submarines, military aircraft and coast guard forces.
10 July 2016, China announced the creation of four lighthouses on the reefs of the South China Sea and the construction of the fifth. "
As stated at the beginning of the article, China ignored the decision of international arbitration. Well, their right. We agree that there may be a body that will stand over the judicial authorities of countries. There must be a court for those who no longer believe in the judicial system of their own state. But...
Probably, any reader now remembered the decisions of this court itself. Enough information about such decisions is made constantly. The Hague arbitration is positioned as an arbitration court, not capable of error. A sort of "gentlemen gods" in robes. Well, we remember everything that is connected with the YUKOS case, which could not fail to call in that according to the image of the country, that according to the budget.
And China openly spat on this court! So what? What is the reaction of the "international community"?
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC refused to recognize the court’s decision and stated that it would not affect the sovereignty and interests of China in this region. According to the position of the Foreign Ministry, Beijing will under no circumstances accept the resolution of territorial disputes and the delimitation of maritime borders by third parties.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that the decision of international arbitration was even tougher, calling it "a political farce fabricated under the guise of the law."
According to the Foreign Minister, Manila’s goal was not to resolve the territorial disputes with Beijing, but to violate the sovereignty of the PRC and damage its interests in the South China Sea.
Chinese President Xi Jinping also voiced China’s position on this issue during a meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who arrived in Beijing on an official visit.
The foreign affairs agencies of Vietnam and the Philippines welcomed the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Of course, it would be strange to wait for a different reaction.
The Japanese Foreign Ministry expressed the hope that the verdict will be fully implemented and will lead to the peaceful settlement of maritime disputes in this region.
The head of the press service of the US Department of State, John Kirby, said that the US administration considers the decision of international arbitration to be an important contribution to the achievement of the common goal of peaceful settlement of disputes in the region.
As you can see, the reaction is virtually none! It is terrible to react when dealing with a serious opponent. Scare China? Who decides on this? NATO? Where is it? USA? They can ... two days ... And then only the teleportation of ships and military men to the region will save the Americans. Russia? Do we need this?
Thus, for the first time in its history, Western countries are faced with the fact that the beautifully created and publicized system of "European justice" is backed up by zilch. That zilch that was and will be just nothing ... The whole circus with the "right" and other "legal science" successfully crumbles immediately after the fist just shown. Or, more precisely, a well-known combination of a fist and a middle finger.
China has shown everyone what this justice system is. Who does she work for and is supported by. He showed, knowing full well that the West in general and the United States in particular, will now look for opportunities to "punish" the stubborn. Military way? There are no fools. On its territory, the Chinese are rolling NATO and all the hangers-on smoothly and quickly.
Economic sanctions? Forward, under the anthem of any of the NATO countries. China, these sanctions are simply necessary. To the signs in the factories change. Euroamerican to Chinese. The rest is not necessary to change.
And it is worth remembering that the communists from time immemorial were able to "take away and share in justice." And it is unlikely that the Chinese Communists are somehow different from others in this regard. They are confiscated and nationalized with pleasure, as bequeathed by the great creators of communism.
To put pressure on morals? Funny The Chinese are confident that the islands belong to the PRC for thousands of years ... And nobody is even trying to prove the opposite today.
The main thing we need to think about today is what is behind the power of NATO and the United States. Is she at all, this power. Why do we have to play by the rules that we did not come up with? But, most importantly, we are not constantly changing too. Should I repeat the mantra about the pan-European house? Should I take care of other citizens at the expense of their own?
Once upon a time, Ivan Andreevich Krylov described the verdict that the winner pronounced in the same situation: “You are guilty only of what I want to eat ...”
After each war, international law is rewritten. So it is no longer hundreds, but thousands of years. And write new international laws winners. But it so happened that we ourselves lost our country. Lost the status of winners. But we are descendants of the winners. It’s harder to lose yourself than a country. And someone decided that, having killed the country, they killed the heirs of the winners.
The Chinese showed us by example who is who in this world. Who are the winners, if you want. Yes, their ancestors made perhaps a smaller contribution to the victory, But they are winners. Maybe you should learn?
Problems with hydrocarbons over the years will only increase. Like other problems of the modern world. So, more and more often we will hear about the territorial claims of states. And increasingly, decisions will not be made by the “gods” of the European arbitration courts. Do we need it?
Only in one aspect: if we, that is, Russia, make decisions without looking at the rotten Europe and its overseas host. By analogy with China, but in its own style.