South China Sea belongs to us: Chinese Admiral

At a defense conference held in London on Monday, People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Vice Admiral Yuan Yubai reiterated China’s claims to the entire South China Sea and proclaimed that the name of the sea implies China’s ownership of it. While the comment regarding the implication of ownership due to the name of the sea was the focus of most coverage of the event, there were several other interesting moments. These included comments made on a code of conduct for the South China Sea and comments made by a Japanese flag officer that implied that China is the primary threat to regional peace.

South China Sea belongs to us: Chinese Admiral

Yuan’s Comments

In response to comments made by a Japanese admiral concerning the South China Sea, Yuan stated “The South China Sea is a sea for all countries around and is a sea of peace. The South China Sea, as the name indicates… belongs to China.” Yuan’s comments were made at the Royal United Services Institute Sea Power Conference ahead of the Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) expo in London. Among the attendees of the conference were flag officers from the navies of the U.S., Japan, Italy, UK, France, and elsewhere.

Yuan commands the PLAN North Sea Fleet whose zone of operations do not include any disputed maritime possessions. In so much, Yuan is in a better position to make such a grandiose claim than his colleagues commanding the East and South Sea Fleets.  Yuan further argued that the South China Sea has been Chinese since the Han Dynasty which ruled from 206 B.C. to A.D. 220. For the most part though, Yuan devoted his time at the conference to discussing the opportunities presented by China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Route initiative. The Maritime Silk Road is a plan by Chinese President Xi Jinping to create a series of ports along global maritime trade routes.

Problems in the South China Sea: Comments by U.S. and Japanese Officials

President of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF) Command and Staff College, Vice Admiral Umio Otsuka argued that the JMSDF will work to maintain a credible deterrent capability in the South China Sea. Otsuka acknowledged the problems in the South China Sea and did claim that the actions of “a certain state actor” is destabilizing and could turn the region into “an ocean of war”. The state he implied was China.  Furthermore Otsuka spoke on 17th Century jurist Hugo Grotius’s “freedom of the sea” as the basis for international trade and security and which should be abided by in the South China Sea.

Admiral Harry Harris, Commander, U.S Pacific Command, spoke of China’s artificial island building in the South China Sea. In very clear times he said the islands are intended for military use as forward operating bases. This is especially true of Fiery Cross Reef where China is constructing a 3,000 meter long runway capable of accommodating aircraft ranging from the most modern fighters to long-range bombers.

Code of Conduct

Perhaps the more interesting aspect of the conference were the comments made by Yuan regarding the work between the U.S. and China in creating  military code of conduct for aircraft encounters in the South China Sea. Yuan in speaking positively of it said, “I believe after this code of conduct is successfully passed, all the neighboring countries around this area will have good communication with each other whenever such unexpected encounters occur.” Such a code of conduct is being sought in light of increasing friction brought on by close encounters between Chinese aircraft and those of other South China Sea claimant countries.

Using the presence of China in South China Sea as a basis for claiming ownership is fairly foolish and may have just been an unintentional, poorly thought out comment by Admiral Yuan. By his reasoning the Indian Ocean should then belong to India, a position which China recently vocally opposed. The name itself is meaningless; the historical claims are what truly matter and even Yuan’s contention that China’s claim dates back to the Han Dynasty is debatable. While this somewhat flippant remark has attracted the most media attention, perhaps more important were the insinuations made by Admiral Otsuka of the threat posed by China two seats away from the commander of the PLAN’s North Sea Fleet.

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  • Richard Seet

    China is speaking with respect to all and the message is clear – the giant has awakened.

  • chip henry

    Keep dreaming! What happens if we just stop buying Chinese products?

  • pesigan

    China should not act arrogantly, they must keep in a low profile. If america declared war with china, all powerful countries like japan, israel, australia, england, france, germany, canada, italy and korea will allign with america to fight china. I believe these combined forces will be happy and can easily destroyed china. Why happy, because china’s  dominance on export trade would diminish should war occur. As we all know, china’s export around the world are so huge and unchallenged due to its low cost. I advise china to act in accordance with International law and be good to all your neighbors in order not to interrupt your success accordingly.

  • Big brother #1

    Oh… you can do it by yourself!! pull down your pant and beat your little monkey!!!

  • Big brother #1

    These Chinese are like to bullying and destroy some idiot like you Mark Carza

  • Miss Yau

    Well, it’s not as if there were a bunch of native people’s on these islands that were independent nations in themselves that China is laying claim too. Oh wait, thats what America did with the Hawaiian islands. . Yet, China is supposed to be the bad guys. My bad. At least, China is laying claim to what is historically theirs. It’s only now that they can stand up for themselves and their claims that we have a hissy fit. Yet stupid Americans who know nothing about the region like to make self righteous comments about the region. Go study history and btw the US won’t do jack because the reality of the situation is that much of this area belongs to China so talk all you want and if McCain can have it his way send the navy 12 miles of the islands but at the end of the day nothing and nobody will prevent China from taking what is rightfully thiers to begin with.

  • pacmandu

    Grown up people acting like little KIDS. Shame, if these is how the so-called leaders of China acts, they need to be spanked!

  • Sofronio S. Saguid Jr

    China is still Poor. It’s still considered a 3rd world country mainly because their people are poor. The country have a lot of money but only the government has them. Unlike the U.S. , their wealth is not spread out amongst its citizens.

  • cramazrac

    These Chinese Admiral are Moron, Idiot & Stupid. Go to school and learn more about World Geography. You don’t have any basis in your claim, You are simply called land grabber and master of bullying to small country.

  • bayuto

    China´s want to occupy the whole SCS, construct military base and extruct oil on the whole SCS then China will invade the whole Southeast asian nation and Russia will invade the whole Europe so US will left alone then joined forces to invade US. This will be catastropic..no one will be left but some americans occupying other planets.

  • Kcuf China

    Stupid M.F. That Is what we are doing commie. Next time don’t use loud speaker barking like a dog with its tail between its legs.

  • oscar francisco

    so the dragon owns the whole world, including the Philippines… let’s prepare for WWWIII?!!!

  • aquarium7

    These rogues only know rules of jungle (uncivilized).

  • aquarium7

    The recent military parade (muscle power) is just one of the steps to stem those rogues that keep preying on China, especially in the last two centuries when China was at her lowest ebb.

  • aquarium7

    Historical maps (in school text books) show Korea and Vietnam were under the rule of China spanning over many centuries. Needless to mention South China Sea. US citizen know very well about these history, before US even exist .

  • DJ EJ

    See Dick Cheney and anything he says

  • aquarium7

    That indian joker has just woke up from indian dream.

  • DJ EJ

    A vice admiral… VICE ADMIRAL. How about I quote every stupid thing Dick Cheney has ever said? Dick Cheney, he former state national house representative, secretary of defense and VP/President of the United States of America has said about other countries. Wanna play that game?

  • DJ EJ

    LOL first India needs to stop abusing their own people in Kashmir, second Tibet doesn’t want to jump out of the pan and into the fire. They want their own country but they would rather join China then India. It’s not like Indians are super friendly to other people ( cough Assam and Nepal and ALL WOMEN)

    Same thing with Xinjiang, good luck joining the corrupt dictatorships of central asia. Finally Inner Mongolia belongs to China, because Mongolia itself was carved out of the Qing Dynasty by Russian Imperialism. No one is disputing the current territories between China and Mongolia.

  • RajeevS

    And Tibet belongs to India. East Turkmenistan (Xinxiang) belongs to Turkmenistan and Inner Mongolia belongs to Mongolia.

    South China belongs to all your neighbors.

  • Ronnie

    This idIotic statement so to speak of certain Chinese Vice Admiral Yuan Yubai is complete measure how this bully country indoctrinate their People including their Military…it doesn’t follow that when it was name “SOUTH CHINA SEA” it is owned by COMMUNIST CHINA.

  • DerpDerpDerp

    In words only. Paper navies don’t hold up.

  • Aidi Mangrove Abdullah

    While everyone is either knocking their own government or saying that it belongs to China, we, the smaller nations of the region around the waters are left looking in askance at what the hell is going on? A lot of us are being pushed around by China because we are unable to contain it. If the US does not keep the area open then we will all be nothing more than ‘forced customers’ to the Chinese. Ironic thing is that China grew so strong because it was the US companies that insisted that production of most things be sent there. America has actually created the monster that is now challenging them,

  • DJ EJ

    Knock Knock
    Who’s There?
    Moron who?
    Moron look up the Monroe doctrine and understand that everything China does has already been done by the US.

  • Bill

    The UN should rename it the South Asian Sea and be done with it

  • Xiao Wángz?

    Come and get what? … your pollution? ..your sad moral state? .. your unorganized banking system? … your own women don’t even want you. Why are you on here?

  • Xiao Wángz?

    You write in English you idiot! and so you must speak it also … That does not make you British nor American.

  • Xiao Wángz?

    It’s obvious Xi Jing Ping has not started his “Remove all Idiots from China’s Military & Navy” campaign. The claims China has made on all these islands by commandeering them using it’s approximately 300,000 to 500,000. strong fishing vessels as warning satellites and ad hoc navy to assist it’s own growing navy’s assertion to their claims along with it’s island reclamation circus must be assessed, qualified and legally recognized under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea for it’s claims to be legitimate. It will not stand up in this forum. Using Qing dynasty maps drawn by admiral Zheng He does not qualify as proof of sovereign territory nor using the “eleven dotted line” map first indicated by the Kaomintang government of the Republic of China in 1947 qualify. This map was never recognized by world powers of that time because they unfortunately lost the chinese revolution but did become Taiwan. World maps including China’s own maps have always made Hainan island the end of it’s sovereign territory as illustrated beautifully in a cartographic exhibit of maps collected by Phillippine Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio shown in 2014 at the institute for maritime and ocean affairs. Here http://www.imoa.ph/imoawebexhibit/


    Yuan HAVE to PROVE that South china sea belongs to Communist China–
    WORDS is NOT ENOUGH to OWN a BODY of WATERS FAR AWAY from his mother country—

  • come

    Yeah, but do you know what it means????

  • aquarium7

    Had the grievance party in South China Sea been Australia and not China, US would have promptly come to the rescue of the Aussies, the ‘Asian’ thieves would have been kicked out. It is racial kind of thing.

  • aquarium7

    Had the grievance party in South China Sea been US in the place of China, US would have sent hundreds of drones circling above South China Sea like hungry vultures, shooting at any Vietnam and Philippines thieves in sight. There would not be any nonsensical ‘freedom of passage’. It is hegemony kind of thing.

  • Hiscuss5

    A Sea and a Country are two different places on Earth. Only a small portion of Sea a Country could have a rightful possession of it.

  • minh bui

    The Seven Dwarfs of the US! Ha ha ha, you are a little funny mister commy.

  • come

    Easy!!!! Power grows out of the barrel of the gun, remember???
    He thinks he has bigger guns than Uncle Sam and his Seven Dwarfs.

  • come

    The U.S. government has its hand full already. Uncle Sam depends on his Seven Dwarfs to do the harassment of China.

  • Peter

    Yes, China Once poor couldn’t take back, now stronger and powerful will take over no matter what. Indeed, Powerful is to rule over by force to take back what used to belong to China. The tactics for short term is to made US happy by sacrifying some interests to US for exchange time to build up military power and expand the isle territory to make it as a further large unsinkable military base so as to reach each part of South China Sea and drive all fishing boats out and all inhabitant out of the occupied isles. For long term strategic plan is to compete with US and let him know no daring to invole in the disputed war once stronger enough to drive US out of the area.

  • minh bui

    You ask the wrong guy mister commy, you should ask my US Government.

  • minh bui

    Come to get it…., you mean stealing commercial and military secrets of the west by the Chinese, the facts that be known to all the world?

  • VC looks like monkey

    You sound like you are a loser. All you can do is barking ?

  • Jack O’linmoko

    How the phuck can you own an ocean?

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  • Red Army

    foolish, if you want some, come get some….. DON’T HATE THE PLAYER, JUST HATE THE GAME….

  • Red Army

    don’t worry about how China will handle it, just concern yourself how you guys can handle China.

  • minh bui

    Surround by Japan, Korea, Phillipine, Vietnam with the strong support of the US, Another friend of us is Australia is not too far from the south, The US forces at Guam island and from Hawaii with 7th fleet patrol day and night, how do you guy Chinese taking care of it for sure? Can you tell please.

  • chruda

    High ranking military officers tend to be aggressive and overstate in attempts to deter. Similar things were also said by American admirals. But no matter words or actions, the SCS is largely under the Chinese control, and it will be increasingly so in the future.

  • Angel

    Ah you have a MORON & IDIOT Admiral! LMAO

  • minh bui

    I don’t know what is the message you want to convey? I guessed what you wanted to say is the people of Vietnam, Korean and Japan speaking and writing Chines language for a long time then those countries should belong to Chinese. If my guess is correct then you had had a wild dream. In the past few thousand years, the Chinese occupied Vietnam by force for a very long time so the Vietnamese speaking and writing in Chinese is a natural occurrence but we still hold our own culture and language well into this present day. More for your information, about closed to 200 years ago, with a great help from a French Priests name Pigneau de Behaine ( Linh m?c Bá ?a L?c) we created a new writing language base on the Western alphabet to use in the administrative system and got rid of the Chinese language once for all in school and in literature writing. Also, the Vietnamese fought and wont 3 major wars over the Chinese in our history, in which several hundred thousand Chinese soldiers lost their lives but it seems the Chinese did not learn anything from their past. Read a good and true history book mister.

  • Phong Tr?n

    “South China Sea belongs to China as the name implies”. That’s the kind of logic, reasoning, propaganda being spread on the Internet by the maggoty wumaos. This PLAN admiral is on the same level of intelligence as those maggots.

  • Huong Hoai

    you will see some day China will be torn apart by Japanese/Korean/Philipinos and Vietnamese.That’s day will come very soon…!!!!!!!

  • Huong Hoai

    you dumb ass with no brain..

  • Boycott China

    This article can kiss my ass, it’s only “yours” because you illegally built islands on it, the Chinese government should be sanctioned for violating international law, China needs to thrown out and thrown back into their country. I prefer to call it the Gulf Of Tonkin than the “South China Sea”

  • Miguel Chamintes

    If you have studied the history, Vietnam and Korean both speaking Chinese and writing Chinese for quite a long time. At that time, both Vietnam and Korean were treated like Chinese! Japan still use some ot the Chinese characters now a day. Vietnamese changed its writings looked like French (I wonder why).

  • Miguel Chamintes

    Thank you, Admiral, SCS belongs to US! We will take it for sure :-)

  • bossarjay

    So the Indian Ocean belongs to India,Gulf of Mexico to Mexico,etc.How he became admiral with that logic?

  • Lam Nguyen

    He is big B….S and doe not known the history

  • etot

    By Land Grabbing, it belongs to you, the world owned it and to the nations according to international laws.

  • jc914

    china needs to be taught a lesson. They want to be a powerful nation, but they are a nation of greedy thieves.

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