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    US Concerned about Chinese Troops Plans on Disputed Island

    China's decision to establish a military base on a contested island in the South China Sea is prompting fears of an escalation in one of the world's most disputed bodies of water.

    Beijing announced earlier this week that it will place troops in the newly formed city of Sansha in the Paracel Islands. Beijing declared the establishment of Sansha last month to administer the nearby waters, portions of which are also claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines and other countries.

    The United States on Tuesday became the latest government to voice concern over the plan, which has already been rejected by the governments in Hanoi and Manila.

    "We remain concerned should there be any unilateral moves of this kind that would seem to prejudge an issue that we have said repeatedly can only be solved by negotiations, by dialogue, and by a collaborative diplomatic process among all the claimants," said State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland.

    U.S. Senator John McCain called the move "unnecessarily provocative," saying such action reinforces why many Asian countries are increasingly concerned about China's territorial claims.

    China has been accused by its neighbors of becoming increasingly bold about its claims in the South China Sea, which is thought to hold large oil and natural gas deposits.

    Don Emmerson, director of the Southeast Asia Forum at Stanford University, tells VOA that China's behavior can partly be traced to a new nationalistic assertiveness that has resulted from its emerging economic power.

    "One of the objectives that China would appear to be following is to increasingly reduce the influence of the American naval presence in the South China Sea," says Emmerson. "One would even suggest that those within the People's Liberation Army who are among the most vehement nationalists on this issue would like to see the South China Sea actually become a Chinese lake."

    China claims nearly all of the 3.5-million-square-kilometer region, which is also claimed in part by the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam.

    A study published this week by the International Crisis Group said the likelihood of a major conflict remains low, but warned that the dispute has reached an "impasse" and said "all of the trends are in the wrong direction."

    The report was released after ASEAN, a 10-member Southeast Asian regional grouping of nations, did not agree on a code of conduct to uniformly resolve the maritime disputes at a regional summit in Cambodia last month.

    The report says China has "worked actively" to exploit divisions among Southeast Asian nations, giving preferential treatment to those who support its position in the dispute.

    China has insisted on dealing with the disputes on a country-by-country basis, rather than by confronting the regional bloc as a whole.

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    by: Quang Nguyen from: USA
    July 26, 2012 5:53 PM
    South China Sea simply means "the sea situated in the South of China". It does not imply "the sea belonging to China". China is a big landmark, thus it is used as a reference for convenience in naming the sea by the map makers. Similarly, Indian Ocean does not mean that the mentioned ocean belongs to India.

    I think China's aggression will not be tolerated by other world powers, especially the US, UK, France, Australia, Japan. Surely, Vietnam and Philippines, the direct victims of China's aggression will fiercely fight back. Other ASEAN countries, except Cambodia, and Russia are also against this China's most recent moves of establishing a new city administration and troops in the disputed islands of South China Sea.

    by: Charlie from: UK
    July 26, 2012 7:27 AM
    China has finally come out of its closet and want to project itself as a new regional power.It wants to exert its influence freely without being challengd by anyone,especially America.The riseof China is similar to Japan's in 19th century.If nothing is done,it would lead to an emperial war of expansion.America needs to think hard and take serious preventive measure before it is too late.The Qing's China only stretched as far as Hainan island.South China sea is international waters.So all Chinese posters please get the facts right before commenting
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    by: Concerened Citizen from: Earth
    July 27, 2012 12:48 AM
    And what about the imperialism of the USA? Who is going to check that?

    by: Nolan from: China
    July 26, 2012 4:10 AM
    Respected Ms. Clinton
    First of all pls concern your national people!
    Second pls concern your husband to insure he don't look for another inamorato again!
    Other country's things they can deal with well. Don't be worried about!
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    by: Hien from: Korea
    July 27, 2012 3:35 AM
    To Nolan, Yes, It is exactly different between Chinese and American. That's why they have been leading country for quit long time ago. If American stand silently, this world will be destroyed by Chinese with their selfish mind. Did you look at the Global-Map? It seems your country wants to take all the sea in Asian region. Go out and work hard to make your country be proud, don't just stay home and monitor your husband.Ok??
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    by: Ian from: USA
    July 26, 2012 10:18 AM
    Nolan,
    That is exactly the difference between american and Chinese, that you illustrated so eloquently here.
    An American would never had make that remark. It seems so insignificant a thought. But it shows the character of the nation whom citizens are capable to say it.
    American are all free individuals, they respect anyone who shows strong charactor, they judge a person by his/her own deeds not by whom the person related to or what misfortune the person suffered from.
    She handled her husband's indiscretions with poise, dignity and strength. That is a proof that she is very level headed, and capable. She is not one of your bound feet women that you accustomed to look down to.

    by: Quang Nguyen from: USA
    July 26, 2012 2:31 AM
    I have a concern that Vietnam will be annexed to China in the near future; and that the US might have war against China and Vietnam combined. I am a US citizen, a member of the humanity, and for sure a Vietnamese. I am worried with the idea that Vietnam, as a buffer zone to the greedy Chinese empire, will be crushed first by the armies of the US and its allies.
    .....
    Globalization and trade agreements should be seriously reviewed because they have caused unfair and unjust economic competitions, leading to possible trade wars, currency wars, and possibly, military wars eventually. Natural catastrophes are not avoidable, but man-made disasters are. What do you think you can do about it?
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    by: Ian from: USA
    July 26, 2012 11:32 AM
    One should not dwells in pessimistic thought.
    No matter how dark the moment in the history of Vietnam, she will rise out of it.
    For thousands of years, everytime the vietnamese truly recognized the dangers from the North, they united and threw the aggressors out. Every kings who cooperated with China ended up losing the throne (Chieu Thong, Tran Ich Tac ..).
    Since , this is modern time, the vietnamese don't have kings any more but a government instead. It is not up to us, anyone else or the USA , but it is up to their government to stand with its own people and protect the country.
    One should never confuse of sharing the same political ideology with another country with becoming the other country. (If that is so, many modern countries around the world would be absorbed by their neighbors already)
    All the vietnamese need now are modern King Trungs, lady Trieu, Ngo Quyen, Le dai Hanh, Le Loi, Ly thuong Kiet, The Tran Kings, Quang Trung. All they need is that their current leaders showing commitment to the country and nothing else.
    I believe that the land that gave birth to so many male & female heros will give birth to many more in times of need.

    by: roline melgar from: philippines
    July 25, 2012 11:38 PM
    A long long time ago, when the world is still being roamed by dinosaurs,.. Kooshing Bowsah, the great Mongol seer, had predicted the future by sorting out Trex shits, ..year 2012, China shall be ruled by leaders who can't read maps, and bullys just about everybody, it shall be dominated by leaders who are western in orientation.. the main reason it is trying to alienate the governing body to hasten its downfall by bullying its neighbors in a way to drive them into the hands of the west....

    by: Lewis from: China
    July 25, 2012 10:27 PM
    It's funny that Phillipine tried to claim "Souch China Sea" by changing its name to some kinda of "West Philipine Sea". LOL~~ How about we pass a law to change the name "Phillipine" to "Phillipine Province of China"??
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    by: Ian from: USA
    July 26, 2012 9:43 AM
    Your proclamation of changing Philippines to "Philippines province of China" shows the real thought of an average chinese citizen. It is probably in consideration by your government right now too. We don't doubt it a minute.
    You have tried that method for 1,000 years with Vietnam (it failed so far) then recently, you tried it on a buddhist nation named Tibet which you know was an easy target ( since the best they can do is burn themselves up to protest your occupation, they suffered because they didn't have the heart to kill you, but you have no qualm in burning monasteries, looting and plundering their land)
    If the peoples of China do not stop their government's folly, one day the lovely map of China would look like an octopus with those ugly sucking tentacles reaching out every where.

    by: Anonymous
    July 25, 2012 10:09 PM
    Just because ASEAN collapsed last week, China now is free to go around South China Sea and robs at will.

    by: Anonymous
    July 25, 2012 9:23 PM
    Just like Russia, Just like China... The two will both suffer severe consequences thanks much to Karma... I can't wait for the people of Russia and China to over throw their governments next... China should spend more time worrying about their internal problems currently and in the future.

    by: Anonymous
    July 25, 2012 6:55 PM
    As the potential biggest compititor treated by US, China will suffer most difficulty made by US including hurting the China's reputation, threating China's territory by supporting Japan, Yue Nan, Philipines and India that have disputes with China and threating China's safety by surrounding and containing China. Every Chinese people should realize these and be united together to protect our country.
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    by: Hien from: Korea
    July 27, 2012 10:21 AM
    To Lan,

    The words that you used it is really expensive, I love it. "Drumming and stealing". Some country could become powerful if they learned faked-products making skill from Chinese. They may be proud of this skills, and it is their right.
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    by: Hien from: Korea
    July 27, 2012 9:24 AM
    Hi, Non-Lan (from China)

    I agree that China has a long history of War, so making war may be a habit of Chinese's goverment. But I could not understand what make you so proud of your country (China). Which is the country Chine had helped? Look, your neighbours are Viet Nam Philippines, Taiwan, Do they like China? If your country contributes a small part to the world or in Asian region, perhaps your country will gain the love from them. I have been thinking what reasons make you so proud of your country, but the only thing I can think of is "Making war" or Your country based on population to invade others country is the reason.
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    by: mutiso from: kenya
    July 26, 2012 4:11 AM
    anonymous, we know that you chinese love your country, but, i think nobody is threatening your country, infact its the peoples republick which is threatening itself by creating enemies by forcifully grabbing their land!
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    by: nolan from: China
    July 26, 2012 12:00 AM
    Hi, Guy! I support you. You are the good son of Chinese people.
    Yes, We all must be united together to protect our country and resist the American aggression!
    The complex surroundings of our country is always with American appearance.
    The babylonian American!
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    by: Ian from: USA
    July 25, 2012 7:10 PM
    Anonymous baby,
    Crying wolf aren't you?
    nobody did anything to your beloved China yet.
    Au contraire, your country has been behaving badly, taking lands & islands from all of your neighbors.
    There is an ancient idiom" the robber beating the warning drum while he steals from everyone"

    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    July 25, 2012 5:00 PM
    ROC(Taiwan) first put south china sea under her administrative in 1932, then after WWII, 1945, ROC took back south china sea from Japanese. ROC also was the first to include south china sea into her territory on a published official map. Democratic Taiwan has unbeatable authority on south china sea and Diaoyu islands, these islands belong to China! Go look up Wikipedia for all the proves.
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    by: manh from: vietnam
    July 27, 2012 11:34 PM
    Dear, Jonathan
    I know that you are pretty proud of your ancient country, China. And if that is your instinct, so I am, too. I'm from Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Do you khow the meaning of " Social Republic" ? So don't say that Vietnam used to belong to China anymore, please? Vietnam and China used to suffer from the war against France and USA and it has stopped for a long time. We also gain the loss and sacrifice so much and now we don't want anymore. Vietnamese people are always friendly and want to live in peace and cooperation with every country. And if you are a part of this world, you might do something to stop making war instead of agressive words. By the way, Vietnam has just found a map drawn by the Chinese that improves Vietnam's sovereignty over the two disputed islands. And the last word for you: " Just live with your love and dream about a better world where there is no pain of war"- remember that....
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    by: Hien from: Korea
    July 27, 2012 10:03 AM
    Hi guys,

    Did you look on the above Map? The sea which Chinese think that it belongs to them, I heard somewhere that based on shaped-tongue's theory, your invaded land shapes tongue right? But have you ever seen a human tongue with such long? I think only dog's tongue has such of length. I think Chinese think that wherever they had traveled so that place belongs to China. Maybe American-sea will be considered belongs to China one day not so far.
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    by: Ian from: USA
    July 26, 2012 7:51 AM
    really, Jonathan,
    With so much evidence on your side , why do you keep quoting the great wikipedia as a serious document?
    We all know how Chinese are great at imitation/faked products, We all looking forward to exam these so called ancient chinese documents that you are forging as this minute... (yes show them to the world, what are you afraid of? may be the ink is still wet?)
    By the way , if one country like Vietnam, who could throwed you out after 1,000 years of enslaving & robbering ( and repeatedly too) then you better watch out, one day, the Tibetans would do the same.
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    by: Kien from: Vietnam
    July 26, 2012 3:03 AM
    And even now, old Chinese maps show no rights to Vietnamese sea while Vietnam has too many evidence to show you, China and international eyes who want justice.
    You, youngsters should look the world with wise and smart eyes.
    The sea has been always belonging to Vietnam
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    by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
    July 25, 2012 11:10 PM
    to Ian (USA), It is funny, if you want to compare the ancient history, OK, In Yuan dynasty, China already claimed SCS. BTW, Vietnam itself belonged to China since Han dynasty 111 BC.
    However most important prove to claim those uninhabited islands is a constant administrative which only ROC(Taiwan) did, and Taiwan has a military base on Taiping island which is the administrative centre of the whole south China sea. So, Stop talking nonsense of records in books. China has 10 times more book records than Viets and Finos add up. You want compare booked records, we have 10 times more, you want to compare history, we have 1000 years earlier, you want to compare big guns, ok, we gonna show you!
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    by: Ian from: USA
    July 25, 2012 7:00 PM
    Johnathan ,
    how many time do I have to remind you that your information is strenuous self proclaiming as best.

    Since you want to back up your information with date ( I can tell you that all of your dated events were recent , including all of your government's activities of late)

    The Dai Viet history record (1676-1789) described that under the vietnamese Le & Trinh dynasty, from the ordered of vice roy Trinh Sam (year 1775) who claimed ownership of these islands , the vietnamese naval were sent to Hoang Sa. All activities were written down in details.

    Again in the 15th year of emperor Gia Long (1816), the emperor who reunited both north & south Vietnam, again dispatched the Hoang Sa regiment to these islands to record as well as plant his flag to officially claim his sovereignty for these islands .He also established a military post there in order to help vietnamese fishermen.

    In 1836 king Minh Mang established his order that from that year onward, every January , the country is to send a navy troop out to physically measure, draw up any geographic changes, and put on record these islands that belong to Vietnam.

    Wikipedia is a source , it is not to be considered as an ultimate authority in information ( it is only as good as limited knowledge of the contributors)
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