China Naval Drills Continue Despite Rising Tensions

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Despite rising tensions in the South China Sea, China continues to press forward with new maritime exercises in the disputed region. While these exercises are claimed to have been in the works for months, they could not come at a worse time. Countries such as the Philippines and Vietnam are increasingly alarmed by what they see as aggressive steps by Beijing to solidify its hold on possessions in the South China Sea. China though is not the only country holding maritime drills in the region as the U.S., Japan, and the Philippines have done so as well. Regardless, China is widely viewed as the aggressor nation and by holding these exercises Beijing is doing little to alleviate fears.

South China Sea Drill

On Wednesday July 22, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) began a ten day naval exercise in the South China Sea east of Hainan Province. At a time when tensions are high, China’s Ministry of National Defense moved quickly in an attempt to dispel fears that the exercises are not directed at regional countries saying, “The drills are regular military exercises scheduled in the annual plan, without targeting any other country.” Major General Zhu Chenghu of China’s National Defense University added in a statement to state-run Xinhua, “Of course, no country will conduct military training without any purpose, but this time there is no evidence to subjectively link an ordinary drill to a third party.”
Major General Xu Guangyu, senior consultant at the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association told the state-run Global Times, “Unlike US military forces that can be trained in wars, Chinese navy strength, which lags behind ground forces, needs to be enhanced via regular drills”. While that statement was partly a jab at the U.S., it still doesn’t explain why PLAN drill shave to take part in a dispute region.

China’s Maritime Safety Administration released a statement this week saying ships are “prohibited from entering” the “designated maritime areas where the military drills are being held”.  The exclusion zone is off the southeastern coast of Hainan and includes some of the disputed Paracel Islands, which are claimed by China and Vietnam.

Vietnam has criticized this naval exercise with a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Le Hai Binh saying “This action seriously infringes the sovereignty of Vietnam over the Paracel Islands”. He added, “Vietnam protests and requests China to respect Vietnam’s sovereignty, act in a responsible manner, immediately stop and not repeat actions that complicate the situation”. Just last month, China moved a deep-water oil rig into waters near the Paracel Islands, a move reminiscent of a similar situation that took place last year which caused high tensions.

One of Many Chinese Exercises

Earlier this month, the PLAN debuted its Zubr-class LCACs (air-cushioned landing craft) at a different exercise. The PLAN has already acquired two from the Ukraine and has built two more. In this drill which took place on Hainan Island, the PLAN South Sea Fleet conducted amphibious landing exercises as a test of the ability of the PLAN to conduct such an operation in coordination with the PLA (ground army) and PLAAF (air force). The Zubr-class can carry either three MBTs (main battle tanks) or ten APCs (armored personnel carriers) with 230 troops at a maximum speed of 63 knots allowing them to rapidly deploy forces.

According to Zhang Junshe, a senior researcher at the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute, the Zubr-class will substantially improve the amphibious capabilities of the PLAN, capabilities which are still underdeveloped. Zhang said, “With the craft’s fast speed and strong firepower, it can ferry a large landing force to the shore within a short period, without suffering serious casualties or being delayed by naval mines or bad coastal conditions” adding, “Its deployment enhances the PLA navy’s ability to rapidly project power at sea”.

This exercise came on the heels of the controversial participation by U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, Admiral Scott Swift in a surveillance flight over the South China Sea. China’s Defense Ministry responded to that by saying, “For a long time, U.S. military ships and aircraft have carried out frequent, widespread, and up-close surveillance of China, seriously harming bilateral mutual trust and China’s security interests, which could easily cause an accident at sea or in the air.”

Additionally later this year in August, China and Russia will carry out a 20-ship exercise near Japan off the coast of the Russian region of Primorsky. This exercise will be the second part of Joint Sea Exercise 2015; the first part took place in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this year in May. Though this exercise will not take place in disputed waters, it is a sign of increasing cooperation between the PLAN and Russian Navy as the two countries work to better their relations.

China is not alone in Conducting Exercises

Just last June, the U.S., Philippines, and Japan took part in military exercises off the coast of the Philippines near the disputed region as part of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2015 (CARAT) exercise. This was the second time this year that the Philippines and Japan took part in joint exercises which left Beijing less than pleased. Beijing does not believe Tokyo has any right to interfere in the South China Sea as it has no claim their and that its involvement is part of an effort to isolate China.

Meanwhile, India, Japan, and the U.S. are preparing for joint naval exercises in the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean in October. New Delhi has not hosted such a multilateral exercise in the Bay of Bengal in eight years since the last exercise met with harsh criticism from Beijing. This week military officials from each country are in Tokyo planning the exercise which is part of the annual Exercise Malabar, an annual exercise between India and the U.S. with other nations taking part different years.

Having Malabar 2015 take place in the Bay of Bengal somewhat shows the growing importance of the Indian Ocean as a place of rivalry and competition between China and India. Furthermore, having Japan take part this year also shows a tightening of military relations between India and Japan.

Military exercises do not take place on a whim as months of planning are typically required. Regardless, Beijing could have postponed the exercise in light of the rising tensions. China’s island building in the South China Sea has attracted widespread criticism while regional countries are increasingly seeing China as a threat. Exercises such as these show that China has little interest in dispelling regional fears of its military buildup and plans for the South China Sea.  Rather than reducing tensions, these exercises increase them.

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About the Author

Stephen Paul Brooker
Stephen Paul Brooker is a writer, political researcher, and political consultant. His specialty is in East Asia security issues and he has lectured at St. John's University on conflict theory and international relations. He holds a Master's Degree in International Relations and a graduate certificate in International Law and Diplomacy from St. John's University and a Bachelor's Degree in Government from Wagner College. Currently he is pursuing a Diploma in Economics from the University of London.

199 Comments on "China Naval Drills Continue Despite Rising Tensions"

  1. ares tolentino | Aug 3, 2015, 1:14 am at 1:14 am |

    You moved on without giving the facts? without finishing what you started? Even though you don’t respond, the readers will see how you and your china protects your interest without given FACTS.

  2. Nope.. I have moved on. There is no need for me to engage you in this discussion. You should have move on yourself. Why are you still responding. I you do respond again, I will just ignore you.

  3. ares tolentino | Aug 1, 2015, 9:20 am at 9:20 am |

    hahaha! you’re giving me statements without given FACTS???

  4. It is funny when somebody is upset about the so called misinformation and internet propaganda against his country but lives in the west to enjoy freedom and democracy which his homeland doesn’t offer. I advice you to work with the law and pay taxes. LMAO

  5. OK for a “freaking chinese national” (your words) you make sense. Your point is well taken.

  6. Fakes and counterfeit are chinas specialties. Thats why its called “made in china”. And we all agree on that. We are not interested in anyones territories, including the moon. BUT we will defend our territory by all means necessary.

  7. little kid’s imagination……

  8. Your statement is as silly as the one you criticized. Only chinese have no sense of geography. No wonder you are confused about the West Philippine Sea.

  9. It is a waste of
    time even just name calling if not for comments that are way out of line or
    abhor or racist or chauvinistic or warmongering or murderous or CRACKED SCULL or people like
    little clown Aquino or little Hitler Abe.

  10. It is a waste of
    time even just name calling if not for comments that are way out of line or
    abhor or racist or chauvinistic or warmongering or murderous or EMPTY SCULL or people like
    little clown Aquino or little Hitler Abe.

  11. Katch Alvarez Sevilla | Jul 26, 2015, 9:22 pm at 9:22 pm |

    It is fake and bogus claim in the first place and not one Chinese Lawyer can argue in favor.

  12. Pinoy has never won anything, Made in China are now all over the world, it sent rockets to the Moon, what you have are Pirates, Maids, corrupted officials and officers, right?

  13. @aquarium, you’re still blabbing your stupid comments. Why do you argue with just irresponsible words, make some sense and if you can’t, just get lost, go somewhere else with your empty coconut and your miserable dumb coward life.

  14. Indians are from India. Not America.

  15. No sam. America is the last Empirical Power of the world. China had its time way back under the Mongols.

  16. We took some water sample from the West Philippine Sea, and the water had little letters saying Philippines. Isn’t that simple for enough you.

  17. let see what my iq is……………who cares?

  18. he doesn’t get that, RW.

  19. No Sam. America was busy saving china from her enemies.

  20. Why do you what UN and UNCLOS stand for sam? Somehow you need to go back to china and explain that to your superiors. They don’t seem to understand the repercussion.

  21. And sam, you are weaker.

  22. sam get your bags pack your going back to china.

  23. sam are a bbc?

  24. And China was to weak to defend itself so America defended China and saved China from the Japanese in WWII.
    China has no loyalty, no honor.
    America will never trust China again! After your defeat we will take your seat on the UN Security Council and give it to Japan!

  25. Because the US is not there taking territories away. They are there to ensure that flow of commodities flows uninterrupted. On the other hand China is causing tension because they want take what it is not theirs.

  26. No no no. Thats not nice. We will never start anything like that.

  27. Sorry… I am not your research assistance… You do your own work…. There is Google and Bing….

  28. Don’t get mad.
    You were born helpless, your country has been conquered by Mongols – Manchus – English – Japanese! Your use to it!

  29. Sino/US Troll as they call me | Jul 26, 2015, 2:33 am at 2:33 am |

    Correct. One of the few countries that have their citizens learn foreign languages. But here is a friendly reminder. The Chinese government started to downplaying the significance or importance of teaching English in China in case that you have never heard about that. Second, I am freaking a Chinese citizen rather than your assumption that I am a non-Chinese national. Plus, I am not talking about porn websites here. I am talking about just some entertainment TV shows that will not do any harm from my perspective. It is hilarious that the PRC government is sooooo overreacting towards a show.

    Plus, yes. I will say a percentage of Chinese are smart. But I will never say all of them are smart. Smart how? All we can do is copycatting everything from other countries. Can we be more creative sometimes? I am telling that the big boss in China will not let you be creative. Creation and innovation in China somehow means instability in a thing or a structure. If you are too creative, you might accidentally invent something disruptive, which is not appreciated by our dearest leaders. Look at Alipay. It was creative enough to come up with some investment fund function on its payment system. Guess what, most poor people like me earning a medium level wage are prone to save all of them money in Alipay account instead of the actual bank accounts. Guess what? for those days, all banks started crying like babies! They dislike creativeness in such investment ways. They prefer to have a cut in this. But have they even thought about such thing? Eventually the PRC government has to come out and step in and intervene such payment system. It was almost labeled as illegal.

  30. Thanks for the clarification. Well said. But most American average might not be aware of that. Some of the Americans I met even were surprised that America recognizes dual citizenship or even multiple citizenships

  31. what to expect from a cow.

  32. You are very weak Kid

  33. Please names few wars American won against Chinese

    Even when china was a Very weak military nation you uncle could not win

  34. When “they”? Who are they? Your fellow stupid chinese?

    The WHOLE WORLD knows who is the stupid ones here. You have no one to lean on except Russia, your fellow land grabber.. :)

  35. When “they”? Who are they? Your fellow stupid chinese?

    The WHOLE WORLD knows who is the stupid ones here. You have no one to lean on except Russia, your fellow land grabber. :)

  36. oh really? give me the link to your news

  37. travellinglight | Jul 26, 2015, 1:50 am at 1:50 am |

    You seem unable to respond to a simple truth. Please reread what I wrote and provide insight for us.

  38. “The truth is the US is threat to every peace on this planet:”

    And yet, all the rich Chinese and all the smart Chinese all want to emigrate to this imperialistic, warmongering killer United States of America.

    That goes to show the Chinese people are the most hypocritical, the most shameless people on earth.

    Talk is talk but facts are irrefutable.
    Let me give you an example of empty talk.
    i am going to prove to you, Chinese troll, that black is white:
    black is a shade of grey.
    grey is a shade of white.
    therefore black is a shade of white.
    thus black is a special kind of white.

    That’s just smarty pants talk, the reality is, if you, Chinese troll, were a rich Chinese or a Chinese student, you would want to be living and studying in the USA.
    Unfortunately for you, you are neither rich nor smart nor well-connected that’s is why you are so resentful and so jealous.

  39. So what if you have a PhD. You have no common sense. It’s really so funny!
    Why do you have to copy everything?
    And why is the quality so bad!
    Why have you destroyed your rivers and poisoned the soil!
    So you can read a book!
    You invented gun powder, but we
    Made it useful!
    You don’t think right and you don’t act right!

  40. The Med. You are talking about actual islands.
    Islands that are inhabited by people!
    And who’s sovernity was settled sometimes a millennium ago by war or by treaties!
    China is building on islets! OMG…
    You chinese just don’t get it!
    This is the reason your country has
    always lost! Face it you just can’t
    Keep up! Your stuck in a time that
    Doesn’t exist except in your fantasy

  41. OMG. This is my last responce!
    United Nations? And the 200 mile EEZ, UNCLOS!!!
    Americans are born free! Yeah we learn real world history in Jr. high & High school.
    Obviously China and the chinese don’t understand the difference!
    That’s OK! We will teach you! This is what we America does! We enforce The Freedom of Navigation! And we have been the UN enforcers for over 70 years now!
    And the US Marines will be the instrument the president uses to remove China from these man made islands! It’s that simple!
    Your military has zero chance of surviving sorry. But you where warned!
    And we will make it look easy…

  42. cow has cow brain

  43. damn cow

  44. If only there are more sensible voices like yours in this forum, there will no place for these abhor, conscienceless soul to hide, including here in Value Walk. The only place for soul is down below!

  45. jealousy gets you killed | Jul 25, 2015, 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |

    You are correct, Sam Gu, china is not iraq. Those axis of evil cowards couldn’t even defeat its pupils, ISIS. Now they cowarded down, packed their belongings and tucked their tails between their legs and went home. Its just hilarious to witness cowards yapping and not being able to defeat its pupils that carry plastic toy guns.

  46. damn cows, US belongs to indians

  47. empty scull cow

  48. empty scull cows

  49. empty scull racist

  50. damn cow boys liar

  51. Also empty scull!

  52. lol at Chinese navy.

  53. Ok Steve, approve without thinking. I wish my name is KUNG KUNG HUA

  54. Your brain has been fried by Chinese Communist propaganda. It is irrecuperable.

    Here, look at the Soviets:

    “How many German women were raped? One can only guess, but a high proportion of at least 15 million women who either lived in the Soviet Union zone or were expelled from the eastern provinces. The scale of rape is suggested by the fact that about two million women had illegal abortions every year between 1945 and 1948.”

    And the raping also took place AFTER the war.

    Since 1945, Japan has been a peaceful democracy.
    Since 1949, China has been been a rogue dictatorship.

    That’s a fact.

    Only Chinese trolls deny facts.

    Don’t bother answering me, i won’t read your dementia nor respond to it.

  55. Your brain has been fried by Chinese Communist propaganda. It is irrecuperable.

    Here, look at the Soviets:

    “How many German women were raped? One can only guess, but a high proportion of at least 15 million women who either lived in the Soviet Union zone or were expelled from the eastern provinces. The scale of rape is suggested by the fact that about two million women had illegal abortions every year between 1945 and 1948.”

    And the raping also happened AFTER the war.

    Since 1945, Japan has been a peaceful democracy.
    Since 1949, China has been been a rogue dictatorship.

    That’s a fact.

    Only Chinese trolls deny facts.

    Don’t bother answering me, i won’t read your dementia nor respond to it.

  56. I wish I will be born again and I will request my parents to name me KUNG KUNG HUA. It’s nice, right?

  57. The best name as far as I know is really KUNG KUNG HUA

  58. China is as legitimate as any government in this world.
    Don’t pick words for your own position. China is growing bigger and bigger. Only fools would ignore China.

  59. the chinese ripofff warships can not match massive USA ones.nuke china now,cowboy Sam

  60. why weren’t the USA drills there causing tensions?

  61. No matter how long or how many years nvtncs writes, he and his beloved Japan can never cover
    up or run away from their shame. He better tell the unrepentant Abe to “let go and move on”, because he is still very sore about that nuke event delivered by his master like just yesterday. China destroy Japan nvtncs must be very INSANE and playful, but Japan secretly destroy US is very REAL. It is a matter of time for the revival of Pearl Harbour (the ‘dog’ is ever ready to bite back at the ‘master’). nvtncs must not be over confident of the trust placed on the uncanny Japan. There will be no good end in union between evils. nvtncs is dead wrong for the third time by now.

  62. Exactly, because the truth will always prevail. Lies can never stood the test of time. Lies must never be allowed to tured into truth or the world will go backwards, or even worst will turn into ASHES, and this is not a THREAT!

  63. Confrontation is always desired by USA….. you are blinded and brainwashed.

  64. you are saying UN = UNCLOS?

    How are you sure the sovereign territory belongs to?

  65. If USA is so confident, it would have started war with China long time ago….China is not Iraq.

  66. Curious that U.S. lapdogs are ridiculing China’s military capability when they themselves have none. Not even dignity.


  68. oooh come on, F-22 and F-35 kill your own pilots. China needs to nothing, hahahah….By the way, Chinese unmanned bomber is way ahead of the US.

  69. The truth is the US is threat to every peace on this planet: so many wars the US has started and so many people has been killed by the US! Too bad the US can’t do to China. Keep yelling you pathetic!

  70. That’s not the issue! China did sign the UNCLOS and now is in violation of that agreement they signed!
    So I guess either you don’t understand English or you didn’t go to school?
    Whether America signed or not doesn’t matter!
    What does matter is this, can China be trusted? No!
    Is China going to continue to defy the United Nations?
    Is China going to continue to violate its neighbors sovereign territory as defined by this very same UN UNCLOS agreement?

  71. @ Sam GuGu , Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah …… talk about where’s the confidence at least America isn’t trolling China … like GuGu is trying to troll America ….. and if you really think our fighters are crap , bring it and your secondhand Soviet aircrap ….. and don’t forget the aircrap carrier and her tugboats ……

  72. @ Boomhideous American , Hey boom boom , where exactly did ValueWalk say China couldn’t hold drills …… and other than reporting on the incidentals of the incident ….. where are they sh!t talking anyone ….. talk about below average and propaganda …. if that’s what you got out of this article , you have a serious comprehension issue and a biased out look that is decidedly anti American , anti logical thinker , anti realist ….. Oh and before I forget , China thanks you for permission to hold Naval drills …….

  73. Why @ AT Boston , I think you’re right , the authors bias almost matches yours ……

  74. Author Brooker is bias. Why far away countries like Japan or US presence and naval drills over there are not the main concerns?

  75. No. USA is a member of UN but never ratify uncles. Do u see the difference?

    No?ok check ur iq

  76. Do you understand that the UNCLOS agreement is through the UN?

  77. Hope US And Asian neighbors taught thief china a lesson. Stop barking and show of china weakness.Can’t wait the world bombed and condemned Sino

  78. Don’t buy Made in China because they are cheap. Do buy Maid in Philippines, because they are cheap and cheap.

    Buyer be aware—-AIDS.

  79. What do you mean UN?

    Do you know the difference between UN and UNCLOS?

  80. When China produced 9 dash line claim, Pinoy was slaves….

  81. keep begging your master….. and dreaming it works….

  82. Don’t buy Made in China, please, buying maids by Pinoy…

  83. If USA is so strong with its F35 and X47B, then it should be claim down instead of blah blah blah…….where is the confident?

    Its little puppets are even more gearing up……cheers!

  84. “Off-topic and irrelevant “?

    Oh my dear little David……you have been running your little dirty mouth all over the places…..

  85. And your real name is Cliff Retard???

  86. I did and they did exercise in the disputed area as the report stated…

  87. Well Ros… Stop Assuming….. Because you are really making as A$$ of yourself…

  88. Unfortunately Max your insults highlights your ignorance and arrogance. If you read and research for your self you would find out that the US and its allies always have naval exercises in the disputed area.

  89. Your brain is totally f up

  90. @nvtncs, Every where you go, you try to demonize the Chinese by spreading rogue information. The Chinese were the first people to land on the South China Sea. Try to google how powerful was the fleet led by Zheng He more than a thousand years ago. The Chinese fleet was so powerful that no other fleet in the world that could be that big and powerful until recently. Well, take a look at the Vietnamese. They try to claim the Spratly and the Paracel islands from hundred of miles from its coast. The fact is that throughout the centuries, there were no Vietnamese vessels that could have traveled so far. Vietnam was colonized by the French legally or illegally, then driven out by the Japanese and then occupied by the Japanese until after WWII. When Japan was defeated by the Allied, the Chinese naval ships accompanied by American naval ships to receive the islands that were released by Japan in the South China Sea. That’s why you see some islands were named with modern Chinese names. The Philippines and Vietnam tried to call them in different names. So when the Vietnamese try to claim the islands in the SCS, they actually have no legal basis at all. If one take a look at the text books used in Vietnam up to the early 70s, they all tell you those islands that they are claiming are Chinese. Take a look on the maps published by their own government. They all tell you that those islands are all Chinese islands. The Vietnamese love to lie and bullsh*t. They never can state the fact but keep making empty statements. They are still thinking they are in Vietnam that people believe in empty statements. The more they spread the rogue numbers or info, the more they have made themselves a clown. If you pay attention to a few frequent names used here and there, you’ll find out these trolls have nothing to do but to spread rogue info about the Chinese. When people try to dig more info out on the issue, the certainly will find these strolls become a laughing stock of the world.

  91. “in 1947 when the nine dash line was established by China”

    Well, following your logic, Vietnam claims today that Guangxi is part of Vietnam and will wait patiently for the day it is strong enough to annex Guangxi, according to historical reasons:

    “Originally inhabited by a mixture of tribal groups known to the Chinese as the Hundred Yue (Baiyue), the region first became part of China during the Qin Dynasty. In 214 BC, the Han general Zhao Tuo (Vietnamese: Tri?u ?à) claimed most of southern China for Qin Shihuang before the emperor’s death and the ensuing civil war permitted Zhao to establish a separate kingdom at Panyu known as Southern Yue (Nanyue). Alternatively submissive to and independent of Han control, Southern Yue expanded colonization and sinicization under its policy of “Harmonizing and Gathering the Hundred Yue” (????) until its collapse in 111 BC during the southward expansion of the Han.[citation needed]”

  92. Hircus American | Jul 25, 2015, 4:14 pm at 4:14 pm |

    you are worthless here, at least you can show some value and go there to fight, do not just put on pc of paper with some words, talk is cheap.

  93. Hircus American | Jul 25, 2015, 4:13 pm at 4:13 pm |

    Your brain and mouth stinks, your brain is smaller than one of your own nuts.

  94. Hircus American | Jul 25, 2015, 4:12 pm at 4:12 pm |

    Hey? of course, China is entitled to have a navy drill while US and Filipinos had same drill in the nearby area. Valuewalk is truly a below average biased media outlet for own US propagandas.

  95. Cool it guys, the exercise appears to be a massive move out procedure from the disputed territory, like an earthquake drill.

  96. “we did not sign UNCLOS, we do respect UNCLOS

    when it meets USA national interests…..USA respects UNCLOS; when it is not, USA does not respect anything international law or court, that is why it does not ratify it! So it can play double standard when it needs.

    USA national interests are above anything, that is the pure selfish core of USA international policy.

  97. Just for you know I am not for commie and i am not living in the pollution China. But this has nothing to do with the issue about SCS.

    USA had done its share polluting its rivers, the air and globally. The wars USA created has done more than just polluting, the oil field, the destruction, killing millions of innocent people. What about the mess it created in the Middle East?

  98. Everyday you spread rogue information on the Internet. The Chinese who earn a PhD, Master and/or Bachelor degrees and those who can speak, read or write English or French, German, Spanish, or Italian together is more than the population of the Philippines and Vietnam combined. China is one of the few countries, which has its nationals speak at least a major foreign language. In fact a lot of them speak or write better English than you. I give you a job: go back to Vietnam and try to teach them poor English (at least they’ll be able to speak or write poor English). Just be able to speak a foreign language is nothing to brad about. Take a look at the Filipinos, most of them speak English (their original language was Tagalog), so what? They can access those porn websites all around the world, so what?

  99. “Whatever China does is wrong from Uncle Sam’s point of view.”

    False and true.


    The PRC is NOT China.
    So, your comment must be rephrased as follows:

    Whatever the PRC ( NOT China: the PRC is a government, China is a country ) does is wrong from Uncle Sam’s point of view.

    The rephrased statement is now

    Because the PRC is an ILLEGITIMATE government that was imposed on, not elected by the Chinese people.

  100. You have the IQ of a 12 years old. Countries claim islands/islets their peoples have first discovered, named and administered, and the maritime waters such as 12 nm of territorial water, 24 nm of contiguous areas or 200 nm of EEZ, not claiming a piece of high sea. You have no knowledge of maritime rights. You shut up and read up.

  101. When they say you’re stupid, then you’re stupid. They have made these kind of exercises many times and in different places. You’re really stupid!

  102. While you see the communist China showing off their small boats, the mighty US is showing off the world’s most expensive, trillion dollar stealth aircraft, the F-35, the most lethal fighter aircraft in the world, the F-22 and the unmanned stealth bomber the X-47B. Fraudulent Chinese, don’t humiliate yourselves to the world, enough with those feign drills, protests and blames to the world, it’s just inane.

  103. Wah Peya? Sounds like a pinoy donkey name.

  104. Sorry, “paper Tiger” only applies to china, just like “paper dragon”. So enjoy the fire crackers when you dance during chinese new years. Ok dokky.

  105. And what do you think a one party system do to your poor uneducated chinese citizen including you? China gave you pollution to enrich their pockets. Contaminated poisoned food to speed up you life expectancy. And most of all gave you non-potable water to help you swallow that poison. Most of your rich and very rich escaped and are already here in our country, in the USA, In Australia, in Canada, in the EU, to enjoy their savings with their families. With clean air and water, and no pollution. You stock market will keep falling until you learn that the boss is the USA.

  106. Stop posting your silly statement. Aren’t you even shameful by comparing those seas to the South China Sea? Why don’t you compare your country with the countries around the Mediterranean?

    1. Unlike Philippines and Vietnam, nations around Mediterranean don’t use the UNCLOS to claim territory. Didn’t you notice that the islands just off north Africa actually are Italy’s. Those islands are well within the 200 NM of the north African nations. Do any of the nations cry baby to go to the International Jokes Court for arbitration that those islands should be theirs according to international law of UNCLOS (III)? Do they occupy the islands? No.
    2. Italy does control close to 90% of Mediterranean. If you don’t believe this, try to mine in the middle of Mediterranean to see what happens. You will be immediately get arrested. Of course you can sail free to pass the Mediterranean Sea, just like you can freely to pass the South China Sea in the past, in the current or in the future. No nation wants to block the passage. Have you heard even one single ship was stopped by China for passing through SCS? No. That would have already tell people like you are just liar by saying China would, could, might, blah, blah block the passage of ships.
    3. Did US discovered and extensively used the Caribbean Sea like China did over thousands of years? No. European merely came there less than 500 years ago. US tried to control but failed. Heard of Cuba revolution? Heard of US invasion of Grenade?
    4. Russia controls 100% of Black Sea. Plus there is no islands or rocks in the Sea.
    5. Did you check the islands on the east side of the bay of Bengal belongs to whom? India. Yes. India controls or wants to control the whole Bay of Bengal, Not only that, India is not happy when China’s submarine passes in India Ocean. India even wants the India Ocean their own ocean. Were China not happy when any other nation passes the Pacific Ocean? No. Actually US is stationing military bases everywhere in the Pacific Ocean.
    6. Japan controls more than 90% of Sea of japan. if you don’t believe this, just occupy one or two small islands there just like you did to China’s islands in SCS to see what happens.Japan’s “Self-defense force” will crash you in no time, unlike the weak and soft Chinese who offer you:” Dispute aside, let’s co-development”.

  107. A naval drill with fishing boats?
    Stupid ch!nks

  108. If you start out with fake western names, who’s going to believe the drivel you post, fake Steven and fake Rusty Wyse from the land of fake everything?

  109. No matter how long or how many years nvtncs writes, he and his beloved Japan can never cover up or run away from their shame. He better tell the unrepentant Abe to “let go and move on”, because he is still very sore about that nuke event delivered by his master like just yesterday. China destroy Japan nvtncs must be very INSANE and playful, but Japan secretly destroy US is very REAL. It is a matter of time for the revival of Pearl Harbour. nvtncs must not be over confident of the trust placed on the uncanny Japan. There will be no good end in union between evils. nvtncs is dead wrong for the third time by now.

  110. Beat Chinese thief into pulp and teach Chinese how to behave. All. Chinese products are fake, Chinese talked and showed off. Nuke China to test missiles. China has billions people one billion gone, no problems

  111. Off-topic and irrelevant and incoherent response to my comment.
    Take your opium, you are displaying withdrawal symptoms.

  112. we all know thief China stole and bullied neighbors to use islands for military purposes. U.S. Should destroy and bombed islands.

  113. You are utterly off-topic ( talking about me, personally and irrelevantly ). You are babbling incoherently.

    Reminder: Stay on the topic of Chinese drills.

  114. If China and Japan were to combine together and form a more powerful China, then China would have a much easier time taking over any variety of smaller countries. Of course, this may certainly need at least 10 more years, especially to combine military at the same time as technology advancement. Eventually, this more powerful China will become an overwhelming threat to America. This is exactly what happens in my screenplay titled; “The Last President” by Douglas Paige at; driveme89123yahoocom and asking only $1.7 million, but offering 5% of the sale price to anyone who will be my connection with the proper person to purchase my screenplay.

  115. I am sure your parents robbed poor Pinoy peasants savings and found heaven by bribing Uncle Sam.

  116. Actually Chinese Ancestors named it China’s Thousand Mile Rocky Pond” more than two thousands years ago. US knows there is no dispute. Spain knows there is no dispute. Some people just want to use the UNCLOS III to rub China. Otherwise US and Spain would have already put the Spratly Islands into their Treaty of 1898 when Spain ceded Philippine to US. Instead they deliberately avoided to put the Spratly Island into the treaty. Why?

    China should stand up to the challenge. If UNCLOS III is a problem, make a new one. After all UN should respect member state’s sovereignty first. Otherwise any legislation made by UN is illegal to begin with.

    Anybody knows where to file lawsuit against the International Justice Court at Hague? What is the procedure? I want to suit this International Jokes Court for breaking its’ own law of UNCLOS III and violation of UN Charter, among other international laws.

  117. Rise to what? What else there is to rise in this world but to show off that China think it is now capable? And then what? Tibet? Now Spratly? They want to rise so they can pay a visit to Emperor Hirohito’s grave to pee. Let me remind you that you are on a computer built by American Science. Most likely you drink coke or pepsi products. Im pretty sure you are not wearing that green uniform anymore Mao gave you, because America gave you blue jeans. Uncle Sam wants china to act civilize like all super powers, and set examples of good neighborhood. Not take over their territories.

  118. USA always puts national interests over justification, international law and that tells all!

    IT will lie for anything… (remember Iraq War?)

    IT will tape anyone, including friends….( go check yourself)

    So don’t tell me it taking no sides, it is just pure lie.

  119. USA has learned lessons from Vietnam and Korea, maybe?

    Is USA winning in Middle East?

    What about with Russia?

    Now you begging you master to fight with China? go Dreaming, USA is just paper Tiger, it will dump any puppets like Pinoy which MacArthur did.

  120. Japan can kick china’s ass with one hand tied to her back and without the help of the USA.

  121. More racial bigotry!!!!

  122. What you said above is racist bigotry.

    “Your real name is not Steven but Kung Kung Hua.”

  123. But now china has a problem. The UN and the world knows that china has no respect and always lies.
    Now America will tell you to leave! If you don’t we will make you leave, and your helpless.

  124. You sound like a Chinese woman.
    In war, the victor is ALWAYS right.
    The Soviets raped about 1 million German women in 1945, were they ever prosecuted? Of course NOT. They won the war.

    i do not excuse Imperial Japan for its atrocities, i condemn it.
    But you know what? That’s how Asians behave in war, not only Japanese, but Chinese, Koreans.

    If you want to go back a little bit into the past, let me remind you, for you being Chinese, of all people should know, that in war, the Chinese kill not only their current enemies, but 3 generations of their enemies’ elite, to make sure that no act of revenge would ever come to visit the victors.
    So, please, do not be a hypocrite and do not play the victim.

    Now, back to Japan: Japan has apologized almost every year since 1945.
    Today’s Japan is not 1937 Japan.
    Today’s Japanese are not 1937 Japanese, they also are not responsible for what their great grand parents did.

    There is a time to let go and to move on.
    Either that or wage a war of revenge on Japan.
    I do not think that the US would idly sit by and watch China destroy Japan, mainly because the existence of Japan is a core interest of the US on the Pacific rim.
    So, as we say here, “just forget about it”.

  125. You need to boost you IQ

  126. Secret Plan he says…
    And now the Western World knows about China’s “Hunderd Year Marathon”
    China’s Secret Plan to destroy America. Your Own Government Officers who have left China and now live in America have confirmed The Communist plan to Destroy America!!!
    Nice try. But its over now.

  127. Should rename
    the South China Sea the CHINA’s SOUTH SEA … in 1947 when the nine dash line was established by China without any other countries’ objections. Then today we will have no disputes.

  128. I really don’t care what his name even thought I had an idea. How can anyone even consider your position if you HIDE behind a fiction Name … Just B S

  129. Because the intention is different with china. They’re there to prove that they can amass a fleet of fishing boats and prove that SCS belongs to them alone, and they can desecrate the rights of other nations territories? Its their intentions the whole world is now realizing that China cannot be trusted.

  130. The real name of Rusty Wyse is Wah Peya

  131. This is an excellent response that unfortunately went over most of the Chinese trolls’ heads. Those few who understood it, have no answer for it.

  132. No the real name of Steven in this forum is Bo Chi Bay; and still he has another name, it’s Bo Sin Saylo.

  133. Chinese have been slaves for so long they don’t know what freedom really means. They took over Tibet because Tibetans are a free pacifist people. No Uncles to help them. Meanwhile they snuck under the noses of the Philippines thinking that the Filipinos will just walk away without a fight. Aha surprise. We have our Uncle Sam. And they can say all the bad things about our relationship with the USA, but we love the USA sometimes more than ourselves, that we send our young men to fight on every war Uncle Sam has gone since 1898. You name it we were there. Now what makes you think that a war with China will be different. We will be there together with the USA to kick you in the kisser.

  134. Benjamin M. Richards | Jul 25, 2015, 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |

    the South China Sea the ASIA FREE SEA … All the world’s oceans are the maritime
    commons for all of the world’s people.
    What if we allowed Italy to lay claim to 90% of the Mediterranean? Or the USA to 90% of the Caribbean? Or Russia to 90% of the Black Sea? Or India to 90% of the Bay of Bengal?? Or Japan to 90% of the Sea of Japan??? China’s claim to 90% of the South China Sea
    is an affront to the Whole Human Race and has no legal basis. The USA and her World Allies should respond
    to this ridiculous, preposterous, arrogant claim by declaring it as the “ASIA
    FREE SEA”. All people continue to
    peacefully access this Global Maritime Commons like all others. If China picks a fight, let them face the Whole
    World, not a couple vulnerable states … Confrontation is not desirable, but
    Capitulation is more dangerous.

  135. At least I have nick name out from my real name Rosauro Feliciano and not like others who pretend to have a nice sounding names. I wish I am a Racist Bigot so I can as well insult you. In Physics when we apply a force there is an equal force to counter. But since I am educated and not having acquired my education in/on and from the streets, as like a military officer I have perfect self control. But don’t misunderstand me. I was not a military officer since I am dealing with civilians in this forum; and so I would never ever be a military commissioned officer.

  136. Of course, of course,…
    A lot of my comments never appear in the “comment section” because of the following. Who said there is no censorship in the U.S.,???

    “Thank you for your submission. Your comment will appear once it has been approved.”

  137. tino, nvtncs, ciano and addull are dead wrong because they are dead ignorant, and because all the misinformation they get is from that CNN spy plane, which they should have enjoyed very much after all it is damn exciting Hollywood fare for shallow minds including many people in this forum. As for nvtncs, he didn’t know that US had a secret plan to nuke China during the Korean War (as far as the ‘so-called’ dispute in South China Sea, suffice to say here US has ZERO CREDIBILITY). He also didn’t know the tens of millions dead as a result of Japanese atrocities.

    The TWO A-bombs dropped in Japan is only a very tiny little price for them to pay for their atrocities which until now is still not settled. Even then the cunning Japanese right wing can actually turn the nuke event around to postulate they are victims and not AGGRESSOR. It is a betrayal to the souls in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. So shame on nvtncs, shame on Japan and shame on US.

  138. Your just jealous because you do not have an Uncle Sam. You however have Uncle Tong.

  139. Ya only in china do they go to bankruptcy court for divorce.

  140. In the picture attached to these article, all I can see are fishing boats. It looks like a fishing expedition to me. We know that China has all (8) eight Russian made Zubr-class LCACs (air-cushioned landing craft). One A-10 Warthog will slice them all with a 30mm gatling gun. Old technology. Come on, Pls give us something more challenging than that. If you want to kick the USA assess, china has to do something incredibly critical. Go home china. Don’t go back to the stone age.

  141. “The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (“FISA” Pub.L. 95–511, 92 Stat. 1783, 50 U.S.C. ch. 36) is a United States federal law which prescribes procedures for the physical and electronic surveillance
    and collection of “foreign intelligence information” between “foreign powers” and “agents of foreign powers” (which may include American citizens and permanent residents suspected of espionage or terrorism).[1] It has been repeatedly amended since the September 11 attacks.”

    As a citizen, i am fine with the law. The law was voted and enacted by Congress whose members are representatives of the American people. Members of Congress are elected by the American people.

    I have nothing to hide and do not mind the law, it is the price i pay for protection from terrorism. It is a law that i freely voted for, through my representative whom i elected.

    The difference between American law and Chinese “law” is, American law is voted by the American people, Chinese “law” is imposed on the Chinese people by the Communist Party of China which is never elected by the Chinese people. And that Chinese “law” is not to protect the Chinese people, but to control it.

  142. You are stupid. US, Philippines and Japan made an exercise on Subic. Use your google map, and look where Subic is, it is not an island, it is part of Luzon of the Philippines.

    They DID NOT made exercise on the DISPUTE ISLANDS just like what your china did.

    Next time, do some research first before commenting..

  143. You are stupid. US, Philippines and Japan made an exercise on Subic. Use your google map, and look where Subic is, it is not an island, it is part of Luzon of the Philippines.

    They DID NOT made exercise on the DISPUTE ISLANDS just like what your china did.

    Next time, do some research first before commenting.

  144. THE ONLY CLEAR THREAT HERE IS DONE BY CHINA. You don’t believe that? Ask the WHOLE WORLD.

  145. THREAT? When US defeated Japan way back 1940’s, they could even take China if they wanted to, but THEY DID NOT. So what threat are you talking about?

  146. Your reply is irrelevant to my comment. As usual, your chinese stupidity is at work.

  147. You have no rights to question that drill since it’s already in Philippines. US and Philippines do it EVERY YEAR. Your china HAS NO BUSINESS knowing what it’s purpose.

  148. well, based on your comment, who is stupid and dumbass now???

  149. well, based on your comment, who is stupid and dumbass now??

  150. well, based on your comment, who is stupid and dumbass now?

  151. how will you kick the Chinese out of USA to stop them posting comments here?? Tell me? It is internet. For some foreign websites, or foreign forums, Chinese can access that but they don’t know how.

    Plus, those who don’t know how simply because they dont speak English at all. China is afraid that more and more Chinese can read English and understand China from a different or even multiple sources. That is why they discourage the newer generation of citizens to learn English. That is a scary move.

    Thanks to Uncle Sam, most of American TV shows are censored or banned in China due to some sensitive topics.
    For example, Black List, Season 1 Episode 3, about the Chinese agent stealing American state secrets. Bomb. The whole episode was taken down from any Chinese website. At that moment, there was a website called free tv project (since everyone wants to be cheap, the free tv project cannot last. it is officially taken off the server too (crying….))

  152. dumbassssss.

  153. dumbazzzzzzzzzzzz.never quit .

  154. stupid better thad dumbazzzzzzzz.

  155. he stupid but not dumbasss like you .

  156. stupid but not dumbasss like you .

  157. “We did not sign UNCLOS because we couldn’t get the majority of 535 people to agree.

    Though we did not sign UNCLOS, we do respect UNCLOS.

    You signed UNCLOS and did not respect it.” Well said.

    But what did Uncle Sam do to you? Uncle Sam wire-taps everyone under the PRISM program. Explain that to me, sir. Enlighten a poor and brainwashed Chinese in that department. Thank you, sir.

  158. china’s weapon build only for BULLY small and poor neighbors countries, that is how low tech they are, all they do COPYCATS,THEFTS, EVILS and LIARS. We are stop buyings made in stupid china, slaps economic sanctions on them, kick them out of USA so we don’t see them post those stupid posts.

  159. You are ignorant, you should shut your pie hole.
    UNCLE SAM is not my master.
    UNCLE SAM is my servant.
    The US government serves the American people, not the other way around, like in your cr*ppy country. If the American people is not satisfied, the American people will fire the government and choose a new one.

    You, on the other hand, are a slave of the CPC which has oppressed the Chinese people for 70 years and counting.

    We did not sign UNCLOS because we couldn’t get the majority of 535 people to agree.
    Though we did not sign UNCLOS, we do respect UNCLOS.

    You signed UNCLOS and did not respect it.
    China is a thief.

  160. JUANITO RAMOS fr BULACAN | Jul 25, 2015, 11:41 am at 11:41 am |


  161. THIEF IS BETTER THAN A FFFFFFFFFFFF. destruction killer world wide .

  162. Many countries, including your master Uncle Sam. refuse to ratify UNCLOS, Do you know why USA won’t?

    UNCLOS does not cover arbitration of maritime features. It only defines how far the maritime area extends from the maritime features.

    The ownership of maritime features needs to be settled first before UNCLOS based maritime borders could be defined.

    If Philippines keep dragging its feet for years to come in hope of a jackpot, it will probably end up with not much at all.

    The future arbitration, if it proceeds, process itself is in jeopardy due to the non-participation of a party.

    UNCLOS has no power to enforce its arbitration.

    China had reclaimed the Island prior EEZ created.

  163. It looks like that the author has dementia. The Philippines has join war game with US just 2 months ago and join military exercise with Japan a month ago, both in the disputed area.

  164. You have pointed out a profound truth: the US drills do not increase tension with any East Asian country while China’s single drill increases tension in the whole East Asia area. When you are able to understand why that is so (because it is indeed so, a truth you inadvertently stated), you will receive a passing grade for your International Relations and Political Science classes.

  165. Number one, what do you mean?
    What divorce?

    Number two, you can never defend a case with an analogy. Not ever.
    Scientifically, two human events are never exactly the same.

  166. China drills and drills. It will sink itself in the holes it made. Pretty soon!

  167. Do you go to bankruptcy court for divorce?

  168. You are even worse.

  169. NOT one single state recognize your ridiculous SCS ownership claim.
    You dared not appear in Court which repeatedly asked you to present your claim to the Court.

  170. For 70 years, Japan and the US did not threaten China, and the SCS was quiet and peaceful.
    Then lately China started stealing land sea from Vietnam and the PI, causing the entire East Asian region to become unstable, and concern spreads even to Australia.

  171. You may run your mouth as many times and as dirty as you want… that is only because you are ignoring the truth….and reality.

    Keep begging your master, USA.

  172. Exactly.
    You can’t because you are a thief. Nobody trusts a thief.
    When you do it, Vietnam and the Philippines object.
    When the US does it, Vietnam and the PI do not object and do not feel threatened.
    Why? Because the US does not take land and sea from Vietnam and the PI and of any other state.
    In 2015, China is a thief. In 2015, the US is not a thief on the SCS.
    That’s the double standard explained to you.

  173. You a a liar and a troll

  174. your are so stupid , ignorant, and arrogant as China is. Make sure you understand what you’re talking about. Is the naval exercise of US and its allies occur in a disputed area? answer it your self and it will validate your foolishness


  175. The US government has not stolen any nations land or sea in 2015. The PRC is a thief, in 2015.
    That’s the difference.
    The US drills are for keeping all the thieves in check.
    The Chinese drills are for stealing EEZ’s fro other states.

  176. This article shows “western double standard”……U can do it…but I can’t……

  177. How many drills USA had conducted, including at the regions thousands miles away from its shoreline?

  178. Why????

    You are another “Racist Bigot”.

  179. Of course your real name is not “Ros Feliciano”, but “Racist Bigot”.

  180. Whatever China does is wrong from Uncle Sam’s point of view.
    Uncle Sam wants to keep China in the 1800s where Chinese were consumed by opium.

  181. Another propaganda piece. What’s wrong with China’s drills? The title of the article is only trying to show China’s aggression. For the past many months, we have seen many American, Philippines & Japanese combined military exercises in the South China Sea. Why can’t China do the same in the area?

  182. The root cause of all these is Uncle Sam. Uncle Sam cannot stand the rise of China, and will do anything AND everything to block China’s rise.

  183. Possible “huge oil reserved beneath its ocean floors”. Nothing is certain at this point. Just remember from the past, only 10% of the oil drilling resulted in oil find. Right now, Uncle Sam and his Seven Dwarfs are fighting ghosts of the past. There may not be any oil or natural resource at all. Remember, China drilled by Vietnam, came up emptied and left.

  184. The news media and journalists are America’s biggest propaganda machinery.

  185. another stupid article… US is trying to contain China and having its own military drills with neighboring counties, so China should just sit idle and allow to be taken over and overcome..

    Stephen Paul Brooker…nothing but a fool!!

  186. You are very stupid. Period!

  187. You are stupid. Why did the US drill at Subic in the 1st place??

  188. I’m confused: the US drills many times do not increase tension, but China’s one drill does?

  189. The drill is very far from the disputed zones. It’s none of the Pignoy’s business if China conducted military drills. Afterall, the Pignoys and their masters, the US and Japan, conducted military drills near Chinese controlled islands.

  190. there is good that is coming out from the actions of this thief. they are becoming the evil country in the eyes of other countries. let them continue what they are doing and eventually they will be defeated just like what happened to Nazi Germany in WW2. they feel and think they are strong but eventually they will have a rude awakening when all the nations of the world gets united. U.S., Japan, Australia, South Korea, India, New Zealand, U.K, Israel, Spain, France, Indonesia, Vietnam and other NATO and Asian countries to crush this bully back to the stone age.

  191. Your real name is not Steven but Kung Kung Hua.

  192. But what is the root cause of all these?

  193. You are too short-sighted to see the REAL ISSUE, the US-Japan threat.

  194. You are stupid. US, Philippines and Japan made an exercise on Subic. Use your google map, and look where Subic is, it is not an island, it is part of Luzon of the Philippines.

    They DID NOT made exercise on the DISPUTE ISLANDS just like what your china did.

    Next time, do some research first before commenting.

  195. You are stupid. US, Philippines and Japan made an exercise on Subic. Use your google map, an look where Subic is, it is not an island, it is part of Luzon of the Philippines.

    They DID NOT made exercise on the DISPUTE ISLANDS just like what your china did.

    Next time, do some research first before commenting.

  196. Use your real name STEVEN YEA RIGHT !!!!

  197. Military prowess is not the aim of China in the South China Sea but the huge oil reserved beneath its ocean floors. China built the artificial islands as camouflage for the drilling and exploration that about to begin. Japan revealed lately that China has installations to make this oil exploration possible; all that under the noses of its neighbors.

  198. This is a good example of a typical, highly skewed, hideous report out to smear China. The author is unethical, unprofessional, and very naughty.
    “China aggressor?? fear?? threat??”” sounds all too familiar! The author conveniently became blind to the many provocative naval exercises around China. He also pretended not to see who the real aggressors, they are US, Japan, Carter, Russel, Swift, CNN spy plane, Abe, …………. Aquino. So, it is perfectly normal for China to carry out any legitimate maritime drill in
    international water for self defense. If it has to, the drill may very well be interpreted as a warning ‘tailored’ to fit Abe and his right wing government (and of course that ‘cowboy’ dark hand), that is now back to pursue the dangerous path of militarism and expansionism together with her US master, arming to the teeth, ready to fight anywhere around the globe.

  199. So US and its allies can exercise in the disputed area but China cannot? Typical, western media bias and arrogance.

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