Saturday, September 25, 2021

COVID-19 Doesn’t Slash China’s Claws on the South China Sea

The Chinese Ministry of Defense reaffirms the Chinese sovereignty over The South China Sea and Taiwan.

On April 30, 2020, Colonel Wu Qian, Director General of the Information Office of China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) and Spokesperson for the MND commented on Japan’s Minister of Defense Taro Kono’s speech regarding new Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning task force cruising the Miyako Strait. In that episode, minister Taro Kono affirmed that since 2019 Japanese had to increase air operations in response to the Chinese military raising dynamism in the region. Also, Minister Taro Kono observed that China’s maneuvers were out of the contest in the circumstance of the international cooperation against the COVID-19. Also, Colonel Wu Qian adds that Chinese army arranges routine drills according to annual training plans, which fully comply with international laws and practice. Colonel Wu Qian rejects Japanese’s charges as “totally unjustified and highly inappropriate”. Accordingly, he confirms that the Chinese army will organize further drills in proper air and sea zones, in agreement with international law.

Strive for ocean-oriented strenght

Commenting a recent arms control report, released by the US State Department, which asserts that recently China has managed a secret underground nuclear test, Colonel Wu Qian says that the US report is false, and “full of fabricated facts.” Also, he maintains that China has always been loyal to its obligations on international arms control, unlike the US.

About the latest US – Australian joint maneuvers in the South China Sea, Colonel Wu Qian affirms that such initiatives threaten security and stability in the South China Sea. Consequently, he warns that the PLA will monitor and oppose to all potential threats to its sovereignty, safety, and growth, and will decisively preserve regional peace, stability, and prosperity.

“the US is the biggest promoter of militarization in the South China Sea and a troublemaker for regional peace and stability.”

Colonel Wu Qian, Director General of the Information Office of China’s Ministry of National Defense

Colonel Wu Qian also replied to Taiwan media, that recently said that national army is ready for any possible war across the Strait, reacting to PLA threats by aggressive words and display of its military power. The Chinese officer affirms that Taiwan is an integral part of China and that PLA maneuvers aim only at preventing “Taiwan independence” separatists to threaten Chinese sovereignty and integrity. He adds that any effort to oppose reunion with armed force is destined to flop and will hurt China’s interests.

Colonel Wu Qian, Director General of the Information Office of China’s Ministry of National Defense

Finally, Colonel Wu Qian terms “an act of piracy and criminal activity,” the “letters of marque” proposed by an article published on the US Naval Institute (USNI) Journal. According to the authors, Colonel Mark Cancian, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) and Brandon Schwartz, the letters of marque would “enhance deterrence in peacetime and gain advantage in wartime”, by allowing privateers to seize Chinese merchant ships and goods if a dispute should arise between China and the US. In Wu Qian words, it is awful that somebody may recommend piracy in the contemporary world.

George Costa
George Costa is a reporter specialized in defence and security systems. He covers international defence and security issues, such as international conflicts, WMD proliferation, and cybersecurity, as well as news reporting on developments in the global defence community.