Beijing is militarizing the South China Sea, says Washington — Forbes

February 19, 2016 at 10:15 am 5 comments

Beijing has put advanced surface-to-air missiles on one of the Paracels islands, said a report in Forbes yesterday quoting Washington.

China will come close to covering the entire South China Sea once she places SAMs on the Spratlys, added the Forbes‘ writer.

The various claims by Beijing on South China Sea islands and their surrounding waters is a point of dispute with several Asian countries, including Malaysia.

One of the regular commenters ‘drinho’ left the following interesting view on my blog @ 2016/02/19 at 8:47 am. He said:

“Malaysians have to accept the fact that China is coming to Malaysia in a big way. In fact, China is Malaysia’s largest trading partner. This trend will continue in the years to come.

“Shouldn’t the Malays be worried? Having to face the influence of the local Chinese and foreign Chinaman?”

BELOW: Map shows how a large percentage of the world population comprises Chinese and Indians

World Population map

Is Ola Bola softly political? Hell ya

Another commenter Orang Perlis cannot believe that I linked Ola Bola to politics.

Why not?

When 95 percent of the Chinese population is anti-government, then I believe that their attitude should be examined.

Their anti-establishment sentiment led them to jeer Lee Chong Wei solely on account of his perceived chumminess with Rosmah who is the Badminton Association patron.

rosmah-Chong-wei

In other words, the Chinese are anti-Lee (Malaysia’s No.1 badminton player) and refuse to support our national squad. They choose instead to cheer for the arch rival Lin Dan who is China Olympic champ.

In a badminton match where Malaysia plays China, the Malaysian Chinese audience will root for the China player to win.

I believe that Ola Bola should also be examined in the light of this kind of animus among local Chinese.

Refer, Ola Bola reflective of DAP Firster desperation

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  • 1. RD.  |  February 19, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Everybody is doing it. Malaysia, Vietnam and Philippine, all station military personnel on their own occupied islands. The US too is provoking by sending warships within 12 miles of the contested island, claiming it as ‘safe passage’. And just yesterday, four U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors conducted a show of force over the Korean Peninsular after North Korea missile test-fire.

    Those SEA countries which have direct conflicts over Islands with China are all, staunch allies of US. All with US’ Military and Naval bases.

    I think Najib is wrong when he said ties with US will ensure peace and stability in South China Seas.

    Everywhere in the world where US had a hand, chaos and death ensure. They funded and instigated the opposition to go against the government of Arab Spring-countries. In Malaysia too.The latest was Ukraine. They lied about WMD to invade Iraq, then Libya, literally killed Saddam and Gadaffi, hence heightened the hatred between Sunnis and Shias. (Iraq now controlled by Shias and Iran’s ally). Therefore ISIS came into existence.

    The US then, together with Saudi Arabia and Turkey, funded the IS to oust Hafez Assad’s Alawaite Shia government in Syria.

    Saudi as a great ally of the US, then bombed Yemen, the poorest country in the world which could not afford an air-force of its own. Again, due to Sunni – Shia conflicts.

    And that ‘Coalition of Islamic Countries Against Terrorism” coined by the Sauds is just a farce. Malay should have done an Indonesian. Stay out of the sectarian Sunni-Shias conflict. If Najib wants to eliminate the IS, go join Russia in Syria, instead. Russia is more sincere.

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  • 2. abdul rahman noor  |  February 19, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    even in d world of diplomacy ‘might is right’. u negotiate from a point of strength. there r only 3 super powers that r capable in resolving d south china sea dispute i.e China; Russia n USA. since china has a direct interest in d dispute, it leaves d other 2 super powers 2 dissuade China from further provocation.

    if i m not mistaken we hv a military presence in pulau layang layang. in d mean time n as a deterent 2 others, I hope d govt wil or has done something 2 strengthen its defense capabilities there.

    however if china decides 2 overrun n declare d Spratly Islands as theirs, there is little that we can do.

    so my hope is that the US working wth Russia (if possible) must make their presence felt immediately in d area. China must also b compelled 2 disassembled their missile batteries in one of their man made islands.

    all must agree 2 make this disputed area a de militarized zone.

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    • 3. RD.  |  February 19, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Excuse me Sir. Russia is on the side of China in the claim over South ‘China’ Seas. Both are closer to this area, than the US.

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  • 4. Akim  |  February 19, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    It’s defeatist – and unwitting – mentality if anyone thinks that a small nation can never negotiate from a position of strength. One makes “arrangements” with one of the Super Powers, then negotiate.

    And it must be noted that China is not a Super Power. The Chinese Ambassador to the US told CNN last year that they are not. They may be very strong economically but not militarily. They have just started testing their own China-built aircraft carrier. That which makes military strength mobile, “exportable kicking power” thousands of miles and encircling the globe.

    The experts’ estimate for China to become a Super Power is some 25 years away. And the current Super Powers – and lesser ones – are not staying put with the number and potency of their military hardware, but improving them all the while.

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  • 5. Akim  |  February 19, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Russia and China share a vastly lengthy boundary. Russia is relatively sparsely populated but China with 1.2 billion population has been bursting at the seams such that the poor and the disenchanted (by so many causes) would readily live in terribly cold and often forbidding Siberia if given half the chance. Very tight border control, no lovey-lovey in their relationship despite the common denominator – communism of the past.

    Russia would find it politic to always keep both US and China at an arm’s length anywhere, including in the East and South China Seas. Japan has had quite some records against China and Russia in past wars. Toothless now, the US ally since after World War II can provide quite some sting to their joint cause if and when necessary.

    US can always count on Japan whose military might can be quite speedily built up, having so many machine tooling, precision equipment and high-tech industries that can be converted or directed to a military build up programme, if allowed by their people (they have a war-renouncing Constitution put in place after World War II) and by the Western powers, especially US.

    So, the “militarizing of the South China Sea” may be just sabre rattling because the US has been flying their flags to the Chinese building an airport, jetty etc on the island they built out of the blue there. The small nations in the region can have some comfort in that.

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