This week we see a new classroom game called “China Says”. China wants everyone to say that the South Sea is theirs. Manila wants Japan to say that Pacific nations should say otherwise.
China says that no one else should say otherwise. The US says that China should be careful about what it says and does.
Taiwanese say that Tienanmen was a “massacre”, saying that Taiwan’s president is “disappointing” for saying Tienanmen was an “incident”.
John Kerry says that China should listen to what Hague says. China says that what Hague says doesn’t matter. Taiwan also says that what China says about the South Sea “Air Defence Zone” doesn’t matter. China says that there is no fear of trouble.
Source: Pacific Daily Times
- China claims base with ‘military facilities’ in disputed Spratlys is to rescue fishing boats (worldtribune.com)
- Japan, Canada share ‘serious concerns’ on South China Sea: PM Abe (channelnewsasia.com)
- Taiwan New President: Tsai Ing-wen Proposes to Set Aside East and South China Sea Disputes (chinatopix.com)
- China planning base station for Spratly advanced rescue vessel (japantimes.co.jp)
- Renewed Weapons Trade Bad for China, Good for American Arms Producers (usnews.com)
- South China Sea dispute: Chinese aircraft intercept US reconnaissance plane (smh.com.au)
- Japan’s Important Sideshow to Arbitration Decision in the South China Sea (cfr.org)
- China Tells Obama To Back Off Spratly Islands Or Face ‘Vietnam’ Style Military Response (nowtheendbegins.com)
- UPDATE1: G-7 to express “strong opposition” to militarization of S. China Sea (english.kyodonews.jp)
- Cadence of Conflict: Asia, May 16, 2016 (chinadailymail.com)
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