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South China Sea Confrontation, Chinese Netizen Reactions

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From Tom.com:

America’s Military  Again Claims the Right to Enter China’s Special Economic Zone Waters

The foreign ministers of both China and the United States have met at a conference and agreed to do their best to avoid incidents similar to the “Wuxia” event [the Chinese name for “Impeccable”, the American vessel in the South China Sea], but the American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen still says that China’s strategic intentions are not clear. He claims that “Wuxia” [Impeccable] has the right to operate in the South China Sea and that the actions of the mainland fishing boats were “irresponsible.”

The article goes on to say…

Mullen again spoke of China and the United States’ difference of opinion on this matter, saying that the Chinese side believes that the incident occurred in China’s exclusive economic zone, an area within 200 km of the coast, but that America has the right to enter this area. “These aren’t territorial waters. Territorial waters go out to 12 km, and exclusive economic zones go out to 200 km. Any country has the right to enter.”

In fact, China’s Ministry of Defense spokesperson Huang Xueping has previously refuted this argument. He said that the American surveillance vessel had not yet received China’s permission [to enter the waters] and was illegally carrying out surveillance activities in China’s special economic zone, breaking the United Nation’s “Convention on the Law of the Seas”, “The People’s Republic of China Special Economic Zone and Mainland Framework,” and “The People’s Republic of China Foreign Overseas Research Regulations.”

This article appeared in the Oriental Morning Post (东方早报). It was reprinted on Tom.com where it had 452 “supports” from users and 31 “not supports” at the time it was translated.

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Comments:

Anon says:

Americans are too overbearing/arrogant.

Anon says:

Our strength is fishing boats…

Anon says:

Using fishing boats is a strategy, get it?

Anon says:

From the pictures above we can see: The American warship and the Chinese fishing boats have such a striking contrast [in size]… This is like an adult and a small child…

ysf590109 says:

China must establish a strong defense ability! It must rely on comprehensive [economic, technology, defense, etc.] national strength before it can defeat the American devils!!!

Anon says:

It was originally ours [the South China Sea], so we should go take it, why do we need to say anything to America and Japan? Is China that afraid of war? We shouldn’t be like the Qing Dynasty [and give in to foreign powers], still wanting to be the sick man of Asia? Oh, if a war started, I’d go join the military.

Anon says:

To be honest I also hope we don’t go to war, but when shit is tossed on your head you have no choice but to fight. Even though I’m uncultured I’m still a patriot, I’ll be the first to join the military. My cell phone number is [the user’s supposed cell phone number].

Anon says:

We’re not the sick man of Asia, let “them” [它们, a pronoun for animals and objects, not people] see our strength. Don’t let down 1.3 billion people.

Anon says:

Why is it at the critical moment, we only have fishing boats?!

Anon says:

One word: attack. Fuck, just protesting everyday who will pay attention to you? Even small countires will walk all over us. The army can’t just help farmers do work!

Anon says:

Go to war with those fuckers, this can also warm up our economy for awhile.

Anon says:

From ancient times until today, Western countries have just been barbaric peoples. They enslave people that are different races from themselves, and trample as they wish on other country’s cultures. This kind of creature will not speak reason with you.

Anon says:

Old Chairman Mao said it right, all reactionaries are paper tigers [meaning they seem to be threatening but in fact are weak]. Fight them! During the “Resist America, Aid Korea War” [known as the Korean War in the US] our economy was so poor and look how we fought the United Nations, now that’s called guts, that’s called a strong will, it really raised our national prestige. Experts say that our economy isn’t as good as America’s, no shit, are we supposed to catch up to American before fighting them?

Anon says:

We too should send our warships 12.1 nautical miles off the coast of America to do exercises!

Anon says:

Kill one to warn one hundred!

While most netizens came out in favor of China, two people did try to defend the United States:

Anon says:

You shits*, what do things that happen in international waters have to do with you? Go concern yourself with things that involve you.

[* The original Chinese was “粪们”, fen4 men which refers to 愤青, fen4 qing1. However, this is also a pun because instead of 愤, fen4 (indignant/angry), 粪, fen4 (shit) is used. Also seen as 粪青, fen4 qing1 (shitty youth).]

To which someone replied:

Go home and eat shit!

Anon says:

The American ship didn’t do it on purpose, and anyway it was just a surveillance ship, what is China making such a big fuss over? Moreover, every time China just moves its mouth [and doesn’t do anything], so it would be better to not say anything at all, because if it were serious, China would not be able to say anything anyway.

More news about this incident:

  • Shanghaiist: Chinese ships on U.S. navy “harassing” streak in South China seas
  • Danwei: Chinese sailors moon U.S. spy ship
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Chris is an overweight, adorable pug that currently lives in Beijing, China. After getting ants in his pants about staying in Washington state, he went to China to travel, study and work. He's studied Chinese for more time than he cares to remember and translates for chinaSMACK and other organizations.

Chris currently works at the Beijing office of Shambhala, a development non-profit. His writing appears on www.suite101.com and http://www.sun-zoo.com/chinageeks/.

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