U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Angers China

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This past weekend, the new commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet took part in a multi-hour surveillance flight over the disputed South China Sea. While the U.S. claimed that the flight was not meant to be anything more than a test of the capabilities of a new plane, the Chinese see the participation of such a high ranking military official in the flight as something more. Though China claims most of the South China Sea as its own, the U.S. contends that its surveillance flights are in fact taking place over international airspace and are legal. All indications right now point towards increasing surveillance flights by the U.S. over the disputed sea as tensions between China and other claimant countries rise.

The Flight

On Saturday July 18th, Admiral Scott Swift caused a bit of controversy when he joined a seven-hour surveillance flight over the disputed South China Sea. It was claimed that Swift wanted to witness the capabilities of the plane he flew on, the new P-8A Poseidon. Captain Charlie Brown, a public affairs officer attached to the Pacific Fleet said Swift “was pleased with the capabilities of the Poseidon.” Swift responded when asked about the flight by reporters in Tokyo, “We want to reassure those in the region, who ask to be reassured about the U.S. presence, of the fact that it will be sustained here.”

Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin applauded Swift taking part in the flight saying, “Militarily, we are nothing against China…That’s why we have been asking our allies to assist us.” The Philippines are currently embroiled in the South China Sea dispute with China and are taking part in a case in The Hague to get an international court the arbitrate the dispute.

Admiral Swift relieved Admiral Harry Harris Jr. as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet on May 27th. Swift formerly was commander of the 7th Fleet and most recently, Director of Navy Staff. The P-8A Poseidon Swift flew on is set to replace the aging P-3 Orion which is the current mainstay of U.S. aviation based naval surveillance. The U.S. has termed the flight Swift took part in as routine. Such surveillance flight are becoming normal as China’s activities in the South China Sea such as island-building attract increased attention and unease from countries in the region. What is not routine is having such a senior commander join a surveillance flight.

Swift has recently wrapped up a three-country tour in East Asia as he assumes his new post. After a visit to Manila to meet with senior Philippine defense officials, he took part in the flight which was followed by a trip to South Korea. He arrived in Japan on Tuesday before he returns to Pacific Fleet headquarters in Hawaii. In Tokyo, Swift commented that surveillance flights will continue to take place. Swift stated, “Where there are disputed claims, we don’t take a position… But we will continue to exercise the rights of the United States and any nation to conduct operations in international waters.”

Response from Beijing

Beijing though has protested this flight. In a statement from China’s Defense Ministry, “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.”

Wang Xiaopeng, a maritime border expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the state-owned Global Times,”The surveillance is a signal that the U.S. has grown increasingly keen on pushing forward its strategic rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific, featuring a more in-depth intervention in the South China Sea.” Such condemnations from China are nothing new.

Potential for Danger

Accidents and near-accidents have occurred in the past when forces from both the U.S. and China came into close proximity of each other. In April 2001, a U.S. EP-3 surveillance plane was intercepted by two Chinese fighters over international airspace in the South China Sea. One of the fighters though collided with the EP-3 and crashed while the damage to the U.S. plane forced it to make an emergency landing at a Chinese military airfield on Hainan Island. What resulted was a diplomatic nightmare where it took over a week to get the crew of the EP-3 released and even longer to receive back the aircraft.

Last August saw a Chinese J-11 fighter harassed a U.S. P-8A about 135 miles east of Hainan Island over international airspace forcing the P-8A to take evasive maneuvers. This event sparked outrage in Washington over the unnecessary and dangerous aggressiveness of the Chinese plane. Similar incidents have happened between Japanese and Chinese aircraft as well.

More recently and more typical of aerial encounters  was the event this May when the Chinese navy issued eight warnings to a U.S. P8-A conducting surveillance flights over the South China Sea. Arguing that the flight took place in international airspace, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said in response that the U.S. would fly and sail wherever international law allowed.

The U.S. has repeatedly indicated that the surveillance flights will continue. Recently, Japan has indicated a willingness to take part in them as well as its interest in the South China Sea grows. Beijing is not pleased by any of this and is very secretive of its activities in the South China Sea. While China claims that its island building is to support the construction of facilities that will benefit mariners, China doesn’t want anyone to visually inspect the islands. The military purpose of them is clear as China is expanding its presence in the South China Sea so to better control its claims there. While surveillance flights such as the one Admiral Swift took part in are risky, they are necessary to checking China’s activity in the region.

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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.

114 Comments on "U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Angers China"

  1. Cletus wrote, “What is the different between a current corrupt member of the Philippines government and a Communist that espouse democracy? Bello first and foremost cares about the average Filipino and wants to see the Philippines… and more communist junk”

    Filipino communists like yourself helped stunted the economic growth of this country with your senseless war against the government. Why don’t you all move to China and live there and see what it’s like to live without freedom? Communism will not work in the Philippines. That’s the reality.

  2. Cletus wrote, “Right after Marcos, the US shoved down the throat of the Philippines neo liberal policies that enriched the US while arresting the Philippines development… blah blah blah and other communist junk”

    Reading this junk from you is enough for me to know that you are a Filipino communist lapdog yourself. LOL. Goodluck with your stup1d ideology. It’s not going to work here in the Philippines. Many before you have tried it for decades and failed. You will only die trying. :)))))))

  3. Right after Marcos, the US shoved down the throat of the Philippines neo liberal policies that enriched the US while arresting the Philippines development. Though successive governments after Marcos weren’t as bad, but they obediently by choice or force accepted and implemented the American neo liberal policies. The Philippines economy is growing but it is a technological basket case as compared to the rest of East Asia. Compare China’s economic achievement to the Philippines in last 30 years. It speaks for itself.

  4. What is the different between a current corrupt member of the Philippines government and a Communist that espouse democracy? Bello first and foremost cares about the average Filipino and wants to see the Philippines become an industrialized nation unlike the current ruling class in the Philippines that only cares about making as money as possible and spending the money on Western goods such as a shining Mercedes car and a gold plated iPhone. Trying to discredit Bello using the USA famous method of labeling them a Communist is so yesterday. You can do better then this.

  5. Cletus wrote “You sound like prostitute enthralled of her pimp. The pimp being the USA. Why don’t you read: Inequality and Liberal Democracy: A Disturbing Association by Walden Bello.”

    LOL. You’ve been had. Walden Bello is a known communist lapdog in the Philippines. He is a member of the Akbayan partylist — one of the non-combatant communist organizations of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). The armed group is called the CPP-NPA or New People’s Army.

    Akbayan, Anakbayan, Gabriela, and Bayan Muna are just a few of the communist non-combatant organizations in the country. You will see these groups always protesting against the Philippine and US governments or anything that stands for democracy.

    Check out some news regarding your good commie friend, Walden Bello, and his communist organization. LOL.

    MANILA – Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello has tendered his irrevocable resignation as party-list representative effective March 19 over differences with the party’s continued alliance with President Benigno Aquino.

    Source: abs-cbnnews(dot)com/focus/03/11/15/walden-bello-pnoy-runs-govt-fraternity

    Akbayan was formed in the wake of the break-up of the Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in the early 1990s. Every decision made by Akbayan over the past two decades has born the stamp of its origin.

    Source: goo(dot)gl/Cnopm9

    It instead paints an all-too-simplistic picture: that the rivalry between Akbayan and Bayan Muna originated from the 1992 split within the CPP, which is really not the case. That Akbayan differs from Bayan Muna is shown by

    Source: goo(dot)gl/ZGYbyM

    Anakbayan is allied with the national democrats who are being accused by the military as front organizations of the communist underground. Akbayan Youth is a member of Akbayan which is composed of socialists, social democrats, former communists and unaligned activists.

    Source: rappler(dot)com/newsbreak/13348-should-comelec-disqualify-akbayan

    So, next time do some research behind the authors of the articles you’re reading so you don’t look like a f00l defending something that communists want you to believe! You are hilarious! Thanks for the laugh! Hahahaha

  6. You sound like prostitute enthralled of her pimp. The pimp being the USA. Why don’t you read:
    Inequality and Liberal Democracy: A Disturbing Association by Walden Bello.

  7. Cletus wrote, “..Americans were still intervening in the Philippines internal affairs by propping up Dictators that served the interest of the US instead of the Philippines. One of the Dictators name is Ferdinand Marcos.”

    Again, you were saying that there were more than one Filipino dictators. Who are the others? You’re writing something based on fiction.

    Cletus wrote, “If the White Americans in the US was attacked by the Philippines, the White Americans will never have love for its attacker like yourself.”

    Really? Is that the reason why Japan and the US are best buddies now? This tells us that the US can learn to forgive. Times have changed. Japan and Germany have different roles now in the world.

    The one that is adding tension to the world right now is China with its blatant disregard of international laws governing land and sea.

  8. Cletus wrote, “Mike, after 1946 the US put place in the Philippines one dictator after another to further its interest.”

    One after another? Who are the other Filipino dictators that you know after Marcos? Please don’t mix facts with fiction. It’s not cool.

    Also, the US supported Pres. Marcos in the beginning, but that support didn’t last after learning Marcos had committed human rights abuses and looted the country’s money. In fact, it was the US who helped removed Marcos through diplomatic pressure from Pres. Reagan. And when Marcos family went into a self-exile in Hawaii, the US government helped file charges against the Marcos for the victims.

    In fact, when he was still alive in Hawaii, he was offered a plea bargain by the U.S. Attorney-General that if they pled guilty of the crimes, they would not be imprisoned. But he refused, so on October 21, 1988, he was charged by the federal grand jury in New York for “RICO offenses, including mail and wire fraud, fraudulent misappropriation of property and obstruction of justice.” RICO for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act.

  9. Cletus wrote, “The US murdered hundreds of thousands of Filipinos to make the Philippines its colony. “

    Look. Every nation in the world has some dark histories. In Europe, in Asia, US, UK, Japan, Spain, Philippines, even during the dynastic times in China, it had some very violent and bloody histories. Even before the westerners came to its shores, ancient Chinese people were murdering and killing each other and their neighbors. But we are not in the Dark Age anymore, Cletus. Countries have evolved from that land mongering past and now have different roles in the world.

    International laws were created and alliances were formed to prevent the bloody mistakes of the past. Unfortunately, communist China has been left out in the evolution of nations and still holds that medieval mentality, while many nations like Australia, Germany, Spain, US, UK, Belgium, Japan, Canada, et al, are all calling for China to respect the international laws governing land and sea (UNCLOS) and settle the territorial disputes through the UN.

    Tell me, Cletus. Why would China do the same grave mistake that Japan and Germany did in WW2? Millions of people unnecessarily lost their lives because of that mistake. Being one of the victims of WW2, China should have known better — that grabbing lands of other nations is NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE, especially now in the 21st century. I guess China didn’t learn anything from that bloody past and is bound to repeat the dark times.

    Cletus wrote ,”The US imperial policy is the reason for the Philippines under developed industrialization as compared to the rest of East Asia”

    What imperial US policy that has stunted Philippine industrial development???

  10. I am positively better off than 500 million slit-eyed commies! That includes you, troll!

  11. I am not sure how much education you have.
    The latest world bank poverty statistic in China was 2011.
    In 2011 China had 85 mil poor people on less than US$1.25 a day (not 157 mil that you claimed).

    Today the number is likely to be less than 50 mil

  12. aquarium wrote ,”Dispute should not have arisen in South China Sea at all because the territorial rights of China in the so-called contested area are well documented both in terms of legality and history”

    Is that the reason why all of your ancient Chinese territorial maps don’t show SCS as part of China?

    If it’s well-documented, I challenge you to name the Chinese emperor who claimed sovereignty over the entire South China Sea and took effective occupation and administration of the region. LMAO. If you don’t know who, among your emperors, ask your PLA propaganda officer to help you. :)))))))))))))

  13. old school wrote, “So your’e an incompetent Filipino who’s talking trash to the Americans. Your poor diction speaks for itself, you’re unschooled.”

    He’s not a Filipino. I’ve talked to him here (see link below). He keeps harping his so-called China’s “well documented” history of China, but runs away when confronted with the truth. LMAO.
    Just replace (dot) with a period.

    Link: valuewalk(dot)com/2015/07/philippines-vs-china-the-case-of-south-china-sea/

  14. Outside looking in | Jul 24, 2015, 3:16 pm at 3:16 pm |

    The Russian aircraft were within 50 miles of the California Coast. As for the term harassment, it has to do with the style of the intercept. There are standards that the Russians and US have worked out during the cold war and have continued. The Chinese have not yet worked out their interception techniques to be viewed as professional and not harassment.

  15. Survivor: Read it again and weep: This is from the World Bank! In China today, more than 157 million Chinese live on less than $1.25 a day; more than 500 million (one-third of total Chinese population) live on less than $2.50 a day; more than 600 million do not have indoor plumbing. Woohoo to thieves, liars, and cheaters!

  16. Truth hurts.That is why I think finding a face saving way out is therapeutic.

  17. I don’t know where you get those statistics, most probably u have confuse China with India. I am more concern about people eating too much and generally consuming too much.

  18. Mike, after 1946 the US put place in the Philippines one dictator after another to further its interest. You know of Ferdinand Marcos? Instead of developing the Philippines, his corruption enriched the corrupt Filipinos plus American corporations.

  19. Schizo, assuming that you are Filipino makes your comment even more sad. Even after WW2, the Americans were still intervening in the Philippines internal affairs by propping up Dictators that served the interest of the US instead of the Philippines. One of the Dictators name is Ferdinand Marcos. You sound like a former colonial subject yearning for the love of its master. You are a sad Filipino. If the White Americans in the US was attacked by the Philippines, the White Americans will never have love for its attacker like yourself.

  20. alano dalman talampas | Jul 23, 2015, 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |

    Ho-hum. Since 2012, when Xi took over and china began bulldozing any hindrances along the way to whatever it wants, china has been in a constant state of anger. It would probably not be a bad idea to anger this swellhead nation on a very frequent, regular basis so that it will suffer a stroke and thereby maybe learn a thing or two about sensibility, humility and just plain ordinary humanity.

  21. Thank you for sharing your insightful opinion, I always enjoy learning what other people believe as individuals, and your opinion is the type that I thrive on the most. However, I am merely taking advantage of the comment sections from articles about China and Japan for free advertising to sell my screenplay titled; “The Last President”. An extra statement is that; I would only ever include just a few details, China and Japan is really a minor situation compared to the final results. Have a nice, politically rebellious day.

  22. Ye Must Be Born Again! | Jul 23, 2015, 3:17 pm at 3:17 pm |

    Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

  23. The Chinese cant beat the Americans either. Its the very reason they steal everything that they possibly can from us……..Its the ONLY thing keeping them relevant. Good thing is…..the only people wanting to befriend China is Russia and India. And that’s only because they can benefit financially from the relationship. China, as always, is still just a paper tiger that steals western tech and tries to pass it off as their own. Smoke and Mirrors is all.

  24. old school lamina | Jul 23, 2015, 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |

    @aquarium, So your’e an incompetent Filipino who’s talking trash to the Americans. Your poor diction speaks for itself, you’re unschooled. Did the Americans hurt you, why the beef? If the past hurts, you can either run from it or learn from it. Obviously, you didn’t learn from it and didn’t run from it because of your empty coconut on your shoulders. You cannot beat the mighty Americans with your feeble, absurd and hideous ideology. If you can’t beat the Americans, join them. Bitterness is unhealthy.

  25. Very true, CNN and other western media never stop their smear campaign about China threat, Russia threat, Cuba threat, Iran threat, ‘freedom of navigation threat’, Iraq threat, Syria threat, Vietcong threat, Korean threat, Japanese threat, …….. That is why the Pinoys and cowboys in this forum have become a real threat.

  26. Your comment is the only one that make sense in this forum crowded by lawless, highly agitated, murderous pinoys and cowboys. You should elaborate on that funny little ‘pivot’ or ‘rebalancing’ thing in 2009 they do not like to hear.

  27. old school lamina | Jul 23, 2015, 11:23 am at 11:23 am |

    Where are you aquarium? You’re probably out in the SCS from the politburo’s aquarium where you were oppressed and indoctrinated. You’re free now, you’ll be very smart and legit outside communism. Good luck to you, from the free men of the world.

  28. It is also possible that the dead soul was a Filipino or else Aquino would not have been jumping mad!

  29. old school lamina | Jul 23, 2015, 11:12 am at 11:12 am |

    aquarium7, you dumb piece of manure, talking stupidly about the freedom of navigation. A typical communist wannabe, who cannot distinguish what’s right and what’s wrong because of mental retardation. You and your stupid superiors will have a rude awakening of the situation when it’s all said and done. Imbecile.

  30. old school lamina | Jul 23, 2015, 10:55 am at 10:55 am |

    @aquarium, you don’t know squat. The mighty US is a member of the UN, right? So it’s pertinent to say that US is a signatory country of UNCLOS. You’re a f….g damn stupid. Go away, you dimwit piece of work.

  31. Dispute should not have arisen in South China Sea at all because the territorial rights of China in the so-called contested area are well documented both in terms of legality and history (Obama should have known better). The root of the dispute
    come from US’s strange ‘rebalancing policy’ aim at containing China. Many experts believe that it is US that has to be ‘rebalanced’ because of her ‘snow-balling’ military build-up in Asia Pacific surrounding China. Creating trouble spots in South China Sea and East China Sea then seem all natural in line with that lie, that strange policy. US is a non signatory country of UNCLOS and not a party involved in South China Sea, as such her involvement in South China Sea is against International Law. The claim by US to maintain ‘freedom of navigation’ is a farce and a good example that expose the ulterior motives of
    US not just in South China Sea, but also elsewhere around the globe, because on record there has been only ONE reported dead in South China Sea related to ‘navigation’. I believe that dead soul must be a US citizen or else US would not keep harping about that ‘navigation’ little thing. Damn stupid.

  32. old school lamina | Jul 23, 2015, 10:36 am at 10:36 am |

    Fraudulent China warning, protesting and intimidating every nation in the SCS. This is a pure sign of insecurity and the inanity of the international law. China’s a hideous, selfish and unlawful country.

  33. You are totally misguided here. Just don’t join ISiS.

  34. old school lamina | Jul 23, 2015, 10:29 am at 10:29 am |

    @Henry, factual accuracy, sir. My hat’s off to you.

  35. old school lamina | Jul 23, 2015, 10:26 am at 10:26 am |

    Beijing though has protested this flight. In a statement from China’s Defense Ministry, “For a long time, U.S. military ships and aircraft have carried out frequent, widespread, and up-close surveillance of China. Obviously, The fraudulent China ain’t got an enemy surveillance, The mighty US is a FORCE TO RECKON WITH.

  36. China is an IDIOT! They going to insist what’s on their belief!

  37. China believes it owns the world. This is in their mindset and China encourages by its corrupt and idiotic politburo that it can do as it pleases!

  38. Survivor: Your beloved China has a long way to go to catch up with the USA – perhaps 50 years or more. Read and weep: In China today, more than 157 million Chinese live on less than $1.25 a day; more than 500 million (one-third of China’s population) live on less than $2.50 a day; more than 600 million have no indoor plumbing. China’s so-called rich is the West’s poor! Woohoo hoo!

  39. Why are the articles these days always talking about “China is angry with …” as if China was a honest decent righteous bunch ? Well, they tend to be angry with just about anything the world does. Chinese nationals got caught stealing timbers in Myanmar, Chinese government gets mad. Chinese fishermen got caught fishing illegally in Indonesia, their government is irritated. Chinese tourists laid waste in public and getting bad press, China is annoyed.
    I say, China, keep on getting pissed because the world will have to continue countering your bad behaviours.

  40. The real reasons for under industrialization is their government. Corruption is rampant at every level, from the Barangay level all the way to Federal Government in Manila. Also there is a rule in the Philippines that does not allow foreign majority ownership of any business. Who wants to invest in a place where you can’t own your business and you have to shut down your factory frequently due to brown outs! Keep blaming others for your problems and take some personal responsibility. The Philippines has been an independent nation since 1946. Almost 60 years now. Allow foreign ownership of property and clean up rampant corruption and you will see things improve dramatically in the Philippines.

  41. China & Japan together?? thats a big IF, bordering on sci-fi IF’s. Russia is more likely to combine with China but of course its too obvious, to make it more interesting i say India or Pakistan will join and combine China to form a modern east asian empire. Realistically, India or Pakistan can be sway to China easier than Japan, coz China need to go against US to get Japan.
    And if you are playing that Japan will do a suprise payback US for WW2 by joining China…US aint dumb to fall for another suprise from the same country.

  42. im smelling a new cold war comin

  43. I think you are reading history books made from china

  44. 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 purchasing my screenplay.

  45. survivor,
    i have had the displeasure of refuting some of your ignorant statements. You haven’t learned much since. If anything, you are becoming more truculent.
    Today, your economy is stalling, your market is in shambles and you still can’t reform your infrastructure and export based economy.

  46. US do not want a direct conflict with China. All the Sabre rattling are just for face saving.
    Within 10 years US will be confirmed in her 2nd place. Hopefully the transition is smooth.

  47. he made you laugh because you just realized that he was stating facts

  48. and you are comparing a spear to a drone? BS.

  49. If you know our history, you would know where our courage is. I never thought you Chinese commies are so blind and looking for our courage, when the Filipino courage is staring in your face at The Hague.

  50. Then the US gave us Filipinos freedom to govern ourselves instead of enforcing themselves to us. Unlike Commie China who rules with an ironfist to its people. Filipinos don’t live in the past. Everything you say about the past about Americans, Japanese and Filipino wars is water under the bridge. We don’t hold grudges like you do against Japan.

  51. William Gustilo | Jul 23, 2015, 3:38 am at 3:38 am |

    Xi Jinping and his cohorts were schooled in the protocols of deceit, lies, bluffing, intimidation and cheating. And then these skillful machinations are applied in playing a dangerous game of poker.

  52. Lourenço Asumu | Jul 23, 2015, 3:00 am at 3:00 am |

    With guns we conquered the West and nearly wiped out the Indians. Our moral is high.

  53. The US must put China to sleep again.

  54. Hey Mike, you must be a Chinese troll kid molded and educated in the communist system of education with twisted history and facts.

  55. José Raymond Herrera | Jul 23, 2015, 2:49 am at 2:49 am |

    Of course the Scott Swift flight was planned as a push over China. What can you expect as a reaction? U.S. Commanders should show more refrain. But they don’t know what that word means as we see in the Middle East for longtime.

  56. China is the number one on the list of hated countries (and its people).

  57. I’m sorry Don, but I think you are barking the wrong tree here.

  58. China’s reaction is very like a Chinese mafia gang in a Chinatown getting angry because the cop begins to patrol around their den.. No surprise here: same Chinese Han mentality: Steal, steal and steal. China was born through a massive land grab of seven kingdoms and massacres that followed by the bloodiest tyrant of the ancient time. Evil karma keeps going on for 2500+ years since then.

  59. You should sign up for the military.
    I’m getting my a ready to go to Canada to escape the draft for world war 3 in the Pacific.
    It’ll be like Vietnam all over again. ♬Oooohh Canadaaaa♬ (and hopefully not Mexico).

  60. Donald Y.O.L.O. Trump | Jul 23, 2015, 1:41 am at 1:41 am |

    Put all the Asian tigers in 1 cage and 1 reckless idiot will start the feast.

  61. Donald Y.O.L.O. Trump | Jul 23, 2015, 1:40 am at 1:40 am |

    It ain’t illegal to them Chinese, the boundary line between legal and illegal stretches when you have a big military like China and the need to secure more resources for the Capitalist People of China! whom are becoming fatter and needs to eat more and more everyday.

  62. Who cares about the Chinese getting angry, their claim is illegal they should be the ones getting concern if they are being condemned by angered countries.

  63. The US murdered hundreds of thousands of Filipinos to make the Philippines its colony. The US imperial policy is the reason for the Philippines under developed industrialization as compared to the rest of East Asia. It is sad to see the Filipinos run back to its former colonial master like prostitutes running back to its pimp.
    The current fighting over islands was instigated by the US Pivot to Asia in 2009.

  64. The US was spying 135 miles off the coast of Hainan Island and the US calls it flying over internation water. Then why the US intercepted (or harassed to use the word of the author) Russian planes that fly close to 200 miles off the coast of California? Why the US does call water within 200 miles off its coast international water?

  65. It would be an act of war to shoot down any a/c outside of 12 miles. I don’t believe we would do it. And you are speculating.

  66. nada

  67. Good for you

  68. Thanks guest2

  69. Thanks Nick

  70. If the Russians got as close as the US got to the Chinese Hainan Island , the Russians would of been shot down. In 2001 when the US spy plane collided with a Chinese fighter jet, the US was about 50 to 60 miles off the Coast of Hainan. The US would never let the Russians or Chinese fly their spy planes 60 miles off the coast of its major Naval base in San Diego California.

  71. Russian bombers did not carry nuclear weapons. Not only were Russian bombers harassed (to use the word of the author of this article) by the US but US also harassed Russian spy planes also. The Russians were over 200 miles away when harassed by US fighter jets.

  72. love it when China gets all peeved because of something totally kosher.

  73. I hope you know your American history and oriental history and if you don’t let me remind you that the people of the Philippines rebelled against their colonizer Spain and when Spain ceded the Philippines to the United States in the Treaty of Paris after the US defeated Spain, the Pilipinos fought against the American with primitive arms they got from Spain thereafter. When the Japanese invaded the Philippines they fought side by side with the Americans who brought their war here in the Philippines. Now you asked where their courage was ? ? ? They even fought the North Korean during the Korean War and participated in Vietnam also. They are ready to fight the Chinese if they invade them just us like what they did to the Chinese pirate “Limahong”. Don’t ask where there courage is, because they have fought their battles before you were ever born. We fought our colonizers/ruler before like your country which was ruled by Britain before and we are ready to fight again if need be, even the Chinese bully of today.

  74. The problem with the Chinese is, unlike the Russians, they are unprofessional and an accident will happen due to their lack of professionalism.

  75. Flying over them is very anodyne.
    What we should do is help the Philippines build an island right next to theirs, complete with air and naval base.

  76. not only we were ruled…we havent won any independence war. it was simply given to us on a silver platter, exploited by corrrrrupt politicians.

  77. China must have something to hide in International waters. They are throwing to big of a fit. The United States has every right to fly in international waters. What are you hiding China. How many men and supplies have you loaded with your fake Islands. How many planes do you have on your aircraft carrier sized air strips studded all over the South China Sea. Remember you are facing a country that has first strike capabilities. If I were China I would be backing off. It reminds me of what Russia did in Crimea. Remember there are two missile destroyers stationed in Japan. Not to mention the whole Pacific Fleet. You also have to remember that Japan, Philippines, and many other countries are watching your movements like a hawk, just waiting for you to start anything. Back Off China before ending the problem.

  78. kampilan at kalasag | Jul 22, 2015, 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |

    NOW, China will hold back their arsenal because they might kill a GENERAL on-board.

  79. CaptainCommonsense | Jul 22, 2015, 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |

    Down With China.

  80. michaeljacksonforever | Jul 22, 2015, 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |

    Whatever you said about Philippines is heroic, however, the history proves the opposite: Philippines was ruled by Spainiads, Americans and Japanese. Where were the courage of Philippine people?

  81. You are ignorant by saying china is famous for stealing, go back to class and learn some serious history about early days US textile industry and how the Japanese took off in the 50 and 60s. BTW, who invented gun powder, paper making, compass and countless other staff, and who stole from whom? oh, sorry, I forgot, you have no basic histroy knowledge

  82. Don’t forget they’re the #1 in Stealing other foreign companies’ tech secrets… for their own 100% state owned companies. All those Fighter Planes of theirs are based on Illegally Obtained (stolen) Russian Tech. They simply put a bulk order, and canceled it after they got a handful of planes so they could copy them.

  83. You’re taking it completely out of Context.
    Spy Planes don’t Bring Weapons of Mass Destruction, Those Russian Bombers do.

  84. Well, The Chinese are Famous for Stealing any tech they can instead of investing to create it themselves.
    They’d most Likely try to force a US Aircraft to Land in their Territory so they could steal the tech.

    (They’ve already forced 1 down).

  85. Put it this way we rule the Ocean no matter what!!!!!!! We make sure other countries don’t step on other peoples toes. We help keep peace and help our friends safe.

  86. And they would run into the US Navy before you get there.

  87. Its not how big you are. Its how smart you are. Philippines are not afraid and they will fight to the end. Should Philippines start a war with China, other countries will chip in and will defeat China. China can not afford a war, because they don’t know who else will attack China. Russia can not help China, because Russia will have to face Nato. China is a big bully, and they think they can conquer the world by themselves. Think again China. You don’t have many allies that want to fight your battle, because you are in the wrong and you are stupid.

  88. US surveillance is in the international water, and in the Philippine waters where they are allowed. China should know very well about that. And that the US is just doing the regular surveillance in the area not above the artificial islands….which by the way have no merit under the UNCLOS law and does not have any right to have a 12 NM territorial waters. It is still disputed in the Hague…

  89. Got it right, Mike.

  90. If there air power and navies are equal, then it will come to hand to hand combat depending on who and how many can swim to the other side? 1/2/3 Billion doesn’t matter if they are standing on their own land huh?

  91. If the CPA can get there, but there is no land bridge to the Philippines. I don’t think they have the naval assets to mount a long distance invasion.

  92. Maritime is just a B.S. word for Countries today trying to challenge The U.S. only because although things are ot could get better; Other Countries simply hate the U.S. and so other Countries like China/Russia/Iran/North Korea others like maybe ISiS are all in play at the same time? So if another were to take over and run the World which clearly the U.S. isn’t a control freak like China and the others mentioned above; They would make the World wish they had no part in it after all as they would be under that other Country(ies) control in a bad way.

  93. China population is 1.4 Billion and Philippines is 98 million. who do think will win. What ever they do we can not match there fighting power.

  94. When we “intercept” we don’t fly dangerously close to the bogey as the J-11 pilot did causing a collision. And we don’t shoot at them or threaten to. We make sure they know we are there and quietly watch until they go away. They can legally fly up to 12 miles from land. That’s pretty close, so we intercept more than a hundred miles out so if they decide they’re going to overfly US soil we can take action at the right time.

  95. So, China just did what a country ought to do just like what US did with the Russians

  96. Same thing we do when Russkies patrol off the coast which they did recently. Intercept and track until it goes away.

  97. The Chinese just like every Country around the entire World for the first time are pushing hard about the word: maritime! There is nothing Mari about that time and when some Country is coming around in their area? It’s all talked about being a peaceful mission? B.S.!!!!! Every Country is just using words to pacify each other for what? BOOM?

  98. you made me laugh

  99. “Chinese J-11 fighter harassed a U.S. P-8A about 135 miles east of Hainan Islan” , I wonder what the US airforce would do if there is a Chinese spy aircraft flys about 135 miles west of LA

  100. The U.S. should be angered by chickena’s reaction.

  101. China is the modern chinazi..

  102. Are you a wounded FlipViet?

  103. A few weeks ago, US fighter jets intercepted (harass if the Chinese intercepts foreign planes) Russian planes that flew close to 200 miles outside California. U.S. P-8A flew about 135 miles outside of Hainan Island and was intercepted by the Chinese. This article calls the Chinese interception harassment. If the Russians are not allowed to fly closer than 200 miles off the US coast, then what makes the US think it can spy 135 miles off the coast of China.

  104. china is playing with fire now,to fight or not to fight,civil war is at china door now

  105. china economy now is in deep sh****t,also fighting corruption getting very close to civil war,china has to divert everything to outsider—–provoke somebody to jump into war with china,war will starty anytime soon and china prefer outsider then civil war

  106. Thank you Mike, you got every bits of it right

  107. china’s whining is a regular routine of china’s propaganda, w/c as usual US will continue to do so as international law permit. if china is really upset willing to engage war w/ US w/c international community doubted if china has the guts, all the chinese do is fire the 1st towards the US recon plane, otherwise china still chicken.

  108. China has had plenty of chances to fire on us. its clear they are afraid of us and are only trying to bully the weaker countries in the area. one of their neighbors should just bomb those islands. China won’t do anything!

  109. China is the number one polluter in the world.
    China is the number one in prisoner execution.
    China is number one in destruction of marine life like corals reefs.
    China is number one in killing of animals both endangered and non-endangered.
    China is number one copyright violations.
    China is number one in slave labor.
    China is number one in abortion. Baby girl killers.
    Everything in these list are all facts. They will do anything just to get what they want especially when it come to acquisition of wealth and personal satisfaction.

  110. China is the number polluter in the world.
    China is the number one in prisoner execution.
    China is number one in destruction of marine life like corals reefs.
    China is number one in killing of animals both endangered and non-endangered.
    China is number one copyright violations.
    China is number in slave labor.
    China is number in abortion. Baby girl killers.
    Everything in these list are all facts. They will do anything just to get what they want especially when it come to acquisition of wealth. They will construct malls, factories, buildings, mining without any regard for the environment.

  111. The UN recognizes the area flown over as International waters. China needs to stop being sour grapes.

  112. Shut walmart down and youll see china pull away from the disputed islands.

  113. Anything right and legal will anger china because they lie, steal, copy, infringe, abuse, etc…

  114. mike.fredenberg | Jul 22, 2015, 7:13 pm at 7:13 pm |

    China is the expert at stealling other nations resources.

    China is a rogue nation that has absolutely no dignity nor decency.

    China is still living in the feudal past and will go the way of all dinosaurs,

    China’s stupidity got itself caught in so many distortion of facts and lies

    China cheated and deceived all of it good friends in the past.

    China is full of greeds, have no self respect and not shameful at it own wrong doing

    China is like a criminal that willing to do anything irrational to achieves it own selfishness

    Throughout the World history, China has and always been a provocative land grabber over times

    with revealing established patterns.

    China is an invader who inflicting wound to others small neighboring nations

    Unlike those small Asian countries like Japan and Korea which proud of their products,

    China is the most populous nation on earth but full of power hungriness and corruptions

    Everyone in the world know China is not even trustworthy of it own: ” made in China ”

    The civilized world will applaude when barbaric China collapses

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