China says it does not want war with Vietnam; that really means that they will start one

Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 is seen surrounded by ships of China Coast Guard in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam May 14, 2014

Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 is seen surrounded by ships of China Coast Guard in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off shore of Vietnam May 14, 2014

Reuters says in its report “China says will never send military to oil rig spat with Vietnam” today: A Chinese official said on Friday that China will never send military forces to the scene of an increasingly ugly spat with Vietnam over an oil rig in the South China Sea, and accused Hanoi of trying to force an international lawsuit.

This writer notes that is an omen of possible imminent war, as we Chinese follow Sun Tzu’s teachings in his well-known The Art of War:

The art of war is an art of deception; therefore, show your enemy you are not able when you are and you do not want to use force when you do want to.

It is the best timing now for China to fight to solve the South China Sea issues.

The US had the dream that it had no problems in Europe and the Middle East, so they switched their forces to Asia to contain China. However, its dream is broken now that Russia has taken a part of Ukraine and no one knows whether it will take more. Also, there is great trouble in Iraq that the US believed it had conquered. So China believes the US will not interfere militarily with the the war between China and Vietnam for some tiny islands that Obama regards as rocks.

If China uses force, it will first attack Vietnam instead of the Philippines as it is not US ally. However, Sun Tzu also taught:

Fight and win each and every battle is not the best of best; subdue the enemy without fighting is the best of best.

China will certainly try diplomacy. I hope the US and Vietnam will also try their best to avoid the war.

I believe, Russian President Putin will do his best to mediate as Vietnam is also quite important for his Cold War camp against the US. Let’s go on with Reuters report.

China says will never send military to oil rig spat with Vietnam

Damage on Chinese Coast Guard ship 44044 which Chinese authorities say was caused by a collision with Vietnam ships in South China Sea May 3, 2014 is seen in this handout provided by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs June 13, 2014

Damage on Chinese Coast Guard ship 44044 which Chinese authorities say was caused by a collision with Vietnam ships in South China Sea May 3, 2014 is seen in this handout provided by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs June 13, 2014

A Chinese official said on Friday that China will never send military forces to the scene of an increasingly ugly spat with Vietnam over an oil rig in the South China Sea and accused Hanoi of trying to force an international lawsuit.

A senior U.S. official in Washington dismissed the Chinese statement as “patently ridiculous” and said Beijing had been using air force and navy as well as coastguard assets “to intimidate others.”

Scores of Vietnamese and Chinese ships, including coastguard vessels, have squared off around the rig despite a series of collisions after the Chinese platform was towed into disputed waters in early May.

Vietnam has accused China of sending six warships, but Yi Xianliang, deputy director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs, said that Beijing had never sent military forces.

“I can tell you very clearly that from May 2 to today, including to when the (drilling) operations are complete, we have never, are not and will never send military forces. Because we are carrying out normal, civilian, commercial activities,” he told a news conference.

“What I can tell you is that this is on a maritime route and at some periods there have been certain Chinese military ships coming back from the south but these have been far away” from where the standoff round the rig has been taking place, Yi added.

 

China claims about 90 percent of the South China Sea, but parts of the potentially energy-rich waters are also subject to claims by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

China is also involved in a territorial dispute in the East China Sea with Japan.

Scores of Vietnamese and Chinese ships, including coastguard vessels, have squared off around the rig despite a series of collisions after the platform was towed to the area in early May.

A Chinese maritime policeman (R) uses flags to signal to Vietnamese ship KN-762 (L), which according to Chinese authorities collided with Chinese coast guard ship 46001 in South China Sea, in this handout dated May 2, 2014 provided by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 13, 2014

A Chinese maritime policeman (R) uses flags to signal to Vietnamese ship KN-762 (L), which according to Chinese authorities collided with Chinese coast guard ship 46001 in South China Sea, in this handout dated May 2, 2014 provided by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 13, 2014

The rig’s deployment triggered anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam last month that killed at least four workers.

Vietnam has accused China of sending six warships, but Yi Xianliang, deputy director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs, said that China had never sent military forces.

“I can tell you very clearly that from May 2 to today, including to when the (drilling) operations are complete, we have never, are not and will never send military forces. Because we are carrying out normal, civilian, commercial activities,” he told a hastily arranged news conference.

“What I can tell you is that this is on a maritime route and at some periods there have been certain Chinese military ships coming back from the south but these have been far away” from where the stand-off round the rig has been taking place, Yi added.

China stations military forces on some of the numerous islands it occupies in the Spratly and Paracel Islands in the South China Sea.

Last week, Vietnam broadcast footage of a Chinese ship colliding with a small fishing boat which capsizes in its path.

Yi showed pictures of much smaller Vietnamese ships appearing to nudge Chinese ships, and of Chinese maritime police fishing out pieces of wood and old fishing nets he said Vietnam had placed in the waters on purpose to act as obstacles.

Chinese maritime policemen on Chinese Coast Guard ship 44101 pull a wooden log, which according to Chinese authorities was placed in the waters by Vietnam on purpose as obstacles, in South China Sea, in this handout dated May 5, 2014 provided by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs June 13, 2014

Chinese maritime policemen on Chinese Coast Guard ship 44101 pull a wooden log, which according to Chinese authorities was placed in the waters by Vietnam on purpose as obstacles, in South China Sea, in this handout dated May 5, 2014 provided by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs June 13, 2014

He said that China had more than 30 rounds of talks with Vietnam since the crisis began, and denied that China was blocking any proposals by Vietnam for high-level dialogue or for a special envoy to travel to Beijing.

“I know that certain people in Vietnam, perhaps because they are trying to find another way to resolve the problem, are creating certain conditions. The so-called other route is the so-called lawsuit way,” he said.

“…If this spreading of rumours or distorting of facts is to achieve the aim of lodging a lawsuit, then I have to say that this is a miscalculation.”

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told Reuters his government was considering various “defence options” against China, including legal action, a move the United States said it would support.

The Haiyang Shiyou 981 rig is drilling between the Paracel islands, which China occupies, and the Vietnamese coast. Vietnam has said the rig is in its 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone and on its continental shelf.

Source: Reuters “China says will never send military to oil rig spat with Vietnam”
 

 



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