Now I am sure some of my readers are thinking...IS THIS GUY NUTS? No, this guy knows what he is talking about, understands why it is that China is trying to claim these International Waters as their PRIVATE and EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE. It has nothing to do with ECONOMICS, or what our ship was doing there. It has everything to do with FISH, and China's dwindling ability to feed its people! They want to CLAIM WIDE SWATHS OF OCEAN AS THEIR OWN to give them a protected FISHING ZONE, even if they have to use military forces to enforce these newly claimed areas.
Follow the Bouncing Ball
On Sunday, an unarmed Navy ocean survey vessel was forced to turn on the firehose to fend off Chinese ships shadowing it in the South China Sea. The incident -- which happened in international waters claimed by China as an "exclusive economic zone" -- touched off a full-blown diplomatic spat between China and the United States.
The civilian-manned survey ship, the USNS Impeccable, was described by the Pentagon news service as "mapping the sea bottom" when the incident occurred. Umm, kinda sorta. Associated Press military writer Anne Gearan confirmed with defense officials that the ship was outfitted with sub-hunting equipment and was on a "calculated U.S. surveillance operation"; according to a photo released by the Navy, Chinese crew members were photographed trying to snag the Impeccable's towed sensor array.
Over at Information Dissemination, Galrahn suggests a little bit of honesty is in order here. The Pentagon, he writes, needs to level with the American public about what exactly the mission is here.
"Somebody in the DoD [Department of Defense] apparently believes the American people can't handle the truth regarding what our ships would be doing off the Chinese coast," he writes. "Can someone please explain how collecting intelligence on the least transparent nation in the world while in international waters with an unarmed ship whose primary purpose is to monitor submarine activity is somehow a threatening act towards China if we say it out loud. If we wanted to be threatening to China, we would use one of our heavily armed AEGIS ships or better yet, one of our first in class submarines."
Then we have this:
The U.S. aircraft carrier made a routine port call in South Korea on Wednesday to take part in the joint drills by the U.S. and South Korea.
Followed by this:
Defense Ministry urges U.S. to respect China's security concern
www.chinaview.cn 2009-03-11 21:58:17
BEIJING, March 11 (Xinhua) -- China's Defense Ministry Wednesday urged the United States to prevent reoccurrence of similar acts as a U.S. navy vessel conducting activities in China's special economic zone in the South China Sea.
"We urge the United States to respect our legal interests and security concern," said ministry spokesman Huang Xueping here on Wednesday.
Editor: Deng Shasha
BUT THE REAL STORY, AND PROOF OF MY ASCERTIONS IS THIS:
China's largest fishery patrol ship starts mission
|www.chinaview.cn 2009-03-11 21:34:56|
GUANGZHOU, March 11 (Xinhua) -- China's largest fishery patrol ship has started its way to the Xisha Islands to enhance the fishery protection and maritime surveillance efforts in the South China Sea.
The ship, China Yuzheng 311, sailed at midday Tuesday from Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province.
Yang Jian, a Ministry of Agriculture engineer, said given the country's heavy task of maritime rights and interests protection, the vessel would reinforce the fishery administration in the South China Sea.
China Yuzheng 311 was converted from a rescue vessel of Chinese navy. It is 113.5 meters long and 15.5 meters wide and at 4,450 tonnes.
The patrol ship will be in charge of maritime patrol in China's exclusive economic zones, navigation protection and fishery emergencies.
|Editor: Deng Shasha|