China has no right to the open sea as you yourself said so many times. But it wants this territory.Sertorio wrote: ↑Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:42 amCass,
The only issue here is whether China can claim the islands or islets in the South China Sea. To tell you the truth, I don't know, but apparently no other country has better rights than China. So China took them. Like so many other countries have taken other pieces of real state throughout history. What right has the UK to Gibraltar or to the Malvinas? The right of conquest. And what right had the US to Hawaii? The same right of the stronger. Do other countries want to prevent China taking over those islands? Let them fight China, and let the strongest keep them... But because those countries are not strong enough, they want the US to do the fighting for them. Except that the US has no business in the area. They are intruders. And China will resist any US attempt to change the status quo. And I doubt the US will be able to prevail. Tough luck!...
China is behaving like the old European imperials in the 18th and 19th centuries. They include Portugal.
But Europe and the US no longer behave like that. After WWII, there was a big change of heart in the west. But this change of mindset has not happen in China. The new imperialist is China.
Actually, it’s not new. China had historically done the same as the European imperialists, sending armies into Korea, Vietnam and Central Asia since Roman times till the 19th century when it was defeated by western imperialists.
Now, you have to update yourself and forget the Marxist brainwashing of your youth. Today it is the Chinese who are the threatening imperialists and the US the defender of small nations.
I know you are still conditioned by your youthful brainwashing to think ill of the US. That remark that the US has no business in Asia is very telling. US presence is fully justified if Asian countries want it there to protect them.
It’s the same in Europe where most Europeans want the US to defend them from Russia. What do you mean by the remark about the US changing the status quo? The status quo all along was that the South China Sea was international waters as you said. It is China who wants to change the status quo by making it Chinese territory.