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« on: June 11, 2014, 11:53:29 AM »
Vietnam and the Philippines put their differences aside to present a united front against China.


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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, right, greets Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.


By Mark C. Eades June 10, 2014 | 2:55 p.m. EDT


China has been angry before, but never about volleyball.

Vietnamese and Philippine troops gathered on a disputed island in the South China Sea on Sunday to drink beer and play beach volleyball in a show of unity that has enraged Beijing. The gathering took place on Southwest Cay in the Spratly Islands, disputed between Vietnam, the Philippines and China. This show of unity between Vietnam and the Philippines in the face of growing Chinese aggression produced a quick reaction from Beijing.

"Don't you think this small move together by Vietnam and the Philippines is at most a clumsy farce?" said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying at a daily press briefing on Monday. "China has irrefutable sovereignty over the Spratly Islands and the seas nearby. ... We demand that Vietnam and the Philippines stop any behavior that picks quarrels and causes trouble ... and not do anything to complicate or magnify the dispute."

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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2014, 11:54:22 AM »
China's "irrefutable sovereignty" over the Spratly Islands and the rest of the South China Sea is, of course, quite refutable. China claims about 90 percent of the South China Sea based on its unilaterally-declared "nine-dash line," a claim unrecognized by anyone but the Chinese themselves. Never mind — China will make up its own version of reality as it goes along, based on China's own preferences without regard to what the rest of the world thinks. China is a master at creating works of pure geopolitical fiction, then convincing itself that that these are "irrefutable" facts. The trouble is, China can't convince anyone else.

Despite their own competing claims on Southwest Cay and other islands, Vietnam and the Philippines put aside their differences in the face of what the two Southeast Asian nations increasingly see as a far greater threat from China. The two have agreed to expand naval cooperation, and Vietnam recently expressed interest in a case for international arbitration filed by the Philippines against China. Both countries have also strengthened ties with the United States, irritating China.

This fits a general pattern of Asia-Pacific nations pulling closer together and into closer cooperation with the United States for fear of Chinese aggression. To China, however, it is its Asia-Pacific neighbors and the United States that are guilty of "picking quarrels and causing trouble." Poor China is only an innocent victim of others' troublemaking.


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Tensions have risen between China and Vietnam since China recently placed a massive oil rig near the disputed Paracel Islands off Vietnam's coast. China has accused Vietnam of sending ships and divers to disrupt its drilling operations, while Vietnam has accused China of threatening its vessels near the rig. "The two sides are testing each others' resolve to see who will blink first," said security analyst Alexander Vuving. "China is in a position to show it has more resolve than Vietnam. This is part of China’s overall strategy of turning the South China Sea into a Chinese lake. Once China can control the South China Sea, it can dominate the maritime areas of the western Pacific."

China has taken its case to the United Nations, accusing Vietnam of illegally disrupting Chinese drilling operations and ramming its ships. The Paracel Islands "are an inherent part of China's territory," said China's complaint to the UN, "over which there is no dispute." Once more, China makes up its own facts as it goes along, claiming as "indisputable" that which is eminently disputable.

Tensions have also risen between China and the Philippines over islands that China claims are an "indisputable" part of Chinese territory. Beijing has accused the Philippines of being "a determined challenger of Chinese national interests and the devoted hatchet man of foreign anti-China forces," the latter a clear reference to Manila's increasingly close relationship with Washington.

Now China is angry about a game of beach volleyball. This will not make it any easier for the rest of us to take China seriously as a world power.

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He he, sakto...

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Vietnamese and Filipino naval servicemen play volleyball during a friendly match on Vietnam-held Song Tu Tay or Southwest Cay island of the disputed Spratly Islands on South China Sea on June 8, 2014. (Reuters)


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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2014, 12:41:30 PM »
sajorn.  easy does it.

memo to china: claim volleyball as your indisputable game.
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2014, 12:49:37 PM »

Yes! And cite historical records showing that Marco Polo learned to play it at Kublai Khan's summer palace in Shangdu...

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angay diay magbantay ang italy kun maohon.  hapit na i-claim sa china ang spaghetti nga gidala ni marco polo agig pahalipay ni kublai khan... ::)




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