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China's top general blamed the Obama administration’s new focus on Asia for various disputes in the East and South China seas, claiming that “some neighboring countries” were using it as a chance to provoke problems.
Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday, the People’s Liberation Army’s Chief of the General Staff General Fang Fenghui also warned that the US must be objective about tensions between China and Vietnam or risk harming relations between Washington and Beijing.
He defended China’s deployment of an oil rig in the South China Sea and said China had no intention of abandoning drilling despite the violent protests it had spawned in Vietnam.
Fang was at the Pentagon to meet General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs, and the session came on the heels of riots targeting Chinese in Vietnam over China’s deployment of the deep sea rig.
Vietnam sent a flotilla of boats to the area, which continue to bump and collide with Chinese vessels guarding the rig.
Fang made it clear that the drilling is in China’s territorial waters. The general said, “We cannot afford to lose an inch of that territory, which has been passed down by ancestors.”
If Hungary were to use this argument then it would be 3 times the size it is today. This is a piss poor exucse for hyperaggressibe behavior.
He said some neighboring countries, including Vietnam and Japan, were using America’s so-called pivot to Asia as an opportunity that has “stirred up some of the problems which actually make the South China Sea and East China Sea not so calm as before.”
The increased focus by the US on Asia has included an increase in military troops, ships and other assets in the region. Fang also met Vice President Joe Biden, who said the US was “seriously concerned” about China’s “unilateral actions” in the dispute with Vietnam.
This is a poor chronology. The US "pivot" came after the increase in tension in the region. The other Asian countries were already emboldened.
Biden told Fang the US didn’t take sides in the confrontation between the two countries, but said no nation should take “provocative steps” that undermine stability and peace.
Yes, let's put an oil rig in a disputed area.... that's not provacative at all!
Dempsey described his meetings with Fang as a “refreshingly frank and open discussion on our mutual concerns and differing opinions.”
You have to love the attitude of the Chinese government here. ---- There is no way the likes of Japan, Philippines or Vietnam would dare stand up to mighty China if it weren't for the US involvment.
Sorry China, but the days of the "Middle KIngdon/ country" is over..... get use to the idea!