US Manufactures Excuse To Move Carrier Battle Group To S. China Sea

[Philippines scuttles and abandons shipwreck upon China’s Wufang Reef, setting trap for Chinese Navy.  After provocation begins, China tows shipwreck away, removes Navy.  After all of this, VOA “breaks the news” that “China Blocks South China Sea.”  After these preliminary elements have been laid-down by the Pentagon press, then US Navy Times announces movement of carrier group.  Adding further fluff to the deception, Pentagon then renews claims that India will be joining the American war provocations, even though India has already refused to play along, three weeks ago.

The US NAVY serves as the wrecking ball for the expanding American police state and fascist world order.  US military aggression is now a fact of life, threatened only by the level of US hypocrisy necessary to maintain the lie that our aggression is actually “humanitarianism.”]

Foreign boat cleared from Chinese reef

2 days ago

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spratA formation of the Nanhai Fleet of China’s Navy finished a three-day patrol of the Nansha islands in the South China Sea. [Photo/Xinhua]

A formation of the Nanhai Fleet of China’s Navy finished a three-day patrol of the Nansha islands in the South China Sea. [Photo/Xinhua]

A foreign fishing boat stranded on a Chinese reef in the South China Sea for several months has been towed away, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

The vessel ran aground near China’s Wufang Reef at the end of last year, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular news briefing.

“The owner of the boat failed to tow it away after several attempts and abandoned it, dismantling some major equipment on board.”

He said the boat had hampered navigation safety and the maritime environment, so the Ministry of Transport had cleared it from the reef and dealt with it “properly”.

“To guarantee the safety of navigation and working conditions, China urged fishing vessels near the site to leave,” Hong said, adding that Chinese ships had left the area after the foreign boat was removed.

Although the ministry did not specify the ship’s identity, international media said the vessel was from the Philippines.

Observers said Beijing had “foiled a trap” set by Manila to use stranded boats to infringe upon Chinese territory, a tactic that had been used on China’s Ren’ai Reef in the late 1990s.

“The Wufang Reef incident reminds me of the Ren’ai Reef case. They are almost the same,” said Chen Qinghong, a researcher of South China Sea issues at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.

Beijing says Manila deliberately grounded a warship near China’s Ren’ai Reef in 1999. The Philippines refused to remove the vessel — despite repeated demands by China — and reinforced the rusting ship’s hull and deck. It also sent troops to guard the reef and to occupy it illegally.

“Such actions violated the spirit and provisions of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea by changing the status quo unilaterally,” Chen said, adding that the incidents also infringed upon China’s sovereignty.

Xu Liping, a senior research fellow of Southeast Asia studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said that this time China had learned a lesson from the Ren’ai Reef incident.

It had handled the case in a rational and restrained manner, in line with international law, he said.

Wang Guoqing, spokesman for the annual session of China’s top political advisory body, said on Wednesday that the South China Sea should be “a sea of peace, stability and cooperation”.

“The South China Sea issue should not become an excuse and tool for certain countries to contain China’s development,” he told a news briefing.

 

Philippines: China Ships Spotted at Disputed Atoll Have Left–Military.com.  -19 hours ago‎

China Blocks South China Sea–Voice of America (blog) -‎12 hours ago‎

USS John C Stennis Battle Group USS John C Stennis Battle Group

The U.S. just sent a carrier strike group to confront China–NavyTimes.com‎ -4 hours ago

For Policing South China Sea, US Wants India As Buddy Cop–NDTV‎ – 20 hours ago

No Indo-US naval patrol in South China Sea, defence ministry says–3 weeks ago

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