Skip to comments.Chinese police plan to board ships in disputed seas
Posted on 11/29/2012 6:42:09 AM PST by Zhang Fei
BEIJING/MANILA (Reuters) - Police in the southern Chinese island province of Hainan will board and search ships which illegally enter what China considers its territory in the disputed South China Sea, state media said on Thursday, a move likely to add to tensions.
The South China Sea is Asia's biggest potential military trouble spot with several Asian countries claiming sovereignty over waters believed to be rich in oil and gas.
The shortest route between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, it has some of the world's busiest shipping lanes. More than half the globe's oil tanker traffic passes through it.
New rules, which come into effect on January 1, will allow Hainan police to board and seize control of foreign ships which "illegally enter" Chinese waters and order them to change course or stop sailing, the official China Daily reported.
"Activities such as entering the island province's waters without permission, damaging coastal defense facilities and engaging in publicity that threatens national security are illegal," the English-language newspaper said.
"If foreign ships or crew members violate regulations, Hainan police have the right to take over the ships or their communication systems, under the revised regulations," it added.
Hainan, which likes to style itself as China's answer to Hawaii or Bali with its resorts and beaches, is the province responsible for administering the country's extensive claims to the myriad islets and atolls in the South China Sea.
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Uh....this is NOT going to end well....
The Chinese governments, going way back, have long believed in gradualism and the “shoulder shove”, pushing harder and harder to get what they want.
However, it is not entirely clear what happens when there is “push back”, either proportional or more than proportional.
About the only time when the push back was hard enough to really matter was during the second opium war, in which the British responded to the torture and execution of some 20 British subjects sent to negotiate, by sacking and burning down the Imperial Summer Palace.
This, finally, got the attention of the Chinese government.
I wonder if Obama will order the crews of US Navy ships to bow when they are boarded by the Chinese...
Simple solution. Pack each ship you send into disputed waters with soldiers. Throw the Chinese boarders into the sea.
Historically, losing a war also meant losing territory. The problem, given that the Chinese are playing for limited stakes, is how to enforce any kind of binding post-war resolution on them. Any territory gained from them is a poisoned chalice if they continue low-level hostilities without end. This is a problem every one of China's neighbors has faced in the past, which is how so many of them ended their status as independent kingdoms and were eventually incorporated (via military conquest) into the empire that is now China.
I've got a good idea. Let's destroy our total nuclear stockpile. That will fix it. Of course it will help if we cut back our military by 75%, under the budget reconciliation.