Skip to comments.As China tries to strong arm our Filipino allies what will Barack Obama do?
Posted on 06/02/2012 1:51:33 PM PDT by IbJensen
Since mid April Chinese naval vessels have been circling a pile of rocks situated 124 miles off the coast of the Philippines that barely qualifies as an island.
The rocks are called the Scarborough Shoal and save for there position, and rumors of oil and gas under them, they have no value to anyone. Nevertheless it is precisely because they are so far from their own shore that the Chinese are trying to pressure the Filipinos into relinquishing their long held claim (since 1734) to Panatag as they call them.
Moreover since the Scarborough Shoal at just 124 miles off the Philippines it is well within the island nations 200 nautical miles Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) recognized by international law as Filipino fishing territory.
China is slowly but surely attempting to increase her hold on the entire South China Sea and in doing so she is pushing asides the overlapping claims to the fishing rights of Malaysia, Brunei Vietnam Taiwan, and the Philippines. Because they are our allies the involvement of these last two has the potential to bring us into this dispute and a no win result.
True to its consistent refusal to abide by laws it doesnt like, the Chinese government has sanctioned incursions into Scarborough waters that involve not only fishing, but firing at Philippine boats and removing coral from a reef included in the Panatag.
Chinas claim to all of the South China Sea grows out of necessities the Communist country did not anticipate when it began to modernize.
This move is rooted in a much bigger story concerning the Chinese and how they are dealing with some unexpected consequences attending their rapid expansion as a manufacturing center in Asia.
After modernizing their farming industry the Chinese saw massive population shifts to their already over crowded cites where food cant be grown but must be brought in. The farms cant keep up with the demand so the seas are being increasingly relied upon to feed Chinas city dwellers. This has led to over fishing the waters just off Chinas coast and fishing boats being forced to work further and further away until they end up in the Scarborough Shoals claimed by the Philippines.
Barack Obama and his media lackeys can ignore this crisis but that doesnt mean it poses no threat to world peace. In the 1930s another Asian nation tried to solve her rapid expansion problems and that ended in World War II.
To be an enemy is a delight!
The undocumented Tyrant, by Pelosi’s perjury,
will do WHATEVER hurts Americans the most.
A great deal of food in our grocery stores is imported from China, which would not seem to be the case if their farms couldn't feed their own people.
He’ll be shouting out numbers as a warning.......
China is pushing its claims to as much territory as it can now, while we have a spineless wimp in the White House, because they suspect that he will be replaced with a much tougher person in January.
They figure this one will be easy. The Philippines does not have the naval forces to resist Chinese incursions and they know Obama will do absolutely nothing except squawk a bit.
“As China tries to strong arm our Filipino allies what will Barack Obama do?”
The Chinese import about 20% of their grain.
China could probably feed itself but it would require the middle class to eat meat at 1970’s levels not current levels.
The Filipinos are US Allies?
Maybe the Filipinos should not have kicked the US Navy out of Subic Bay. The Chi-Coms would not feel so confident.
He’ll be taking vacations, getting some munchies, playing golf and other, uh, ball games.
Did the Filipinos kick us out of Subic Bay, or did we abandon it after a volcanic (Mt. Pinatubo?) eruption?
The Gangster Thugs Of China are emboldened By The Marxist whimp in the Whitehouse....
China is and has been for quite a while...a bunch of Criminal Lying Thieves.
what will he do?
Apparently, he’s already doing it. Relaxing in his Chicago home. Next, golf.
Let's see. Sell their food to a Chinese making $2/day for $.25 or sell it to Americans for $5 for the same cost to them to produce? C'mon, you've got to be joshing, right?
This could all be about the oil.
Japan wanted Indonesian oil back in the ‘30’s.
The food issue is nonsense. The Chi Coms don’t care if their people die. The Oligarchs need the oil to make mo’ mu-neee.
What will Obama do? ZIP
What can he do? China owns us—we get mean, they cancel our loans and we sink. We are owned.
Obama is right now engaged in a series of tense diplomatic negotiations designed to diffuse tensions and...
offer any help that he can to the Chinese.
Not exactly. The Filipinos kept raising the rent on our Subic Bay and Clark AFB leases. The U.S. balked at the extortion. Then, in an act of colossal stupidity, their Senate voted to kick the Americans out and not renew the leases.
During negotiations, Mt. Pinatubo blew its top and buried Clark AFB under 15 feet of volcanic ash. When the U.S. got access to the site, they found that the locals had stripped the base of anything useful. It would have been astronomical to rebuild Clark AFB, and everything became moot with the Filipino Senate's vote. This vote cost 80,000 Filipinos very well paying jobs working for the U.S. government, but it was too late. The U.S. packed up and moved to Singapore.
What will Zero do???
He will do whatever his handlers order him to do.
They’d rathter sell to us than feed thier people.
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