Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Should China continue to boss around South China Sea ?

The July 12, 2016 verdict of the International Tribunal restricting China from exercising its control inside the 9 dash line, in effect controlling 95% of South China sea is being eagerly watched around the world. The Spratly islands in the South China Sea discovered by the British whaling captain Richard Spratly in 1849 is just 2 sq km (490 acres) of island land mass in a sea of 4.25,000 sq kms. These islands are the major bone of contention. 7 of the 14 islands claimed by Philippines, Vietnam and Malaysia are now claimed by China after forcefully occupying them.

The world is getting alarmed noting that the earlier leaders who were entrusted with governing the United nations and to ensure peace around the world are now working against it,. Taking cognisance of the fact that major powers and permanent members of the Security Council, instead of upholding the rule of law,the law unto themselves and are taking all offensive steps to overrule the International tribunal's verdict on the S. China sea.. 

When the US was restricted from supporting the Contra rebels in Nicaragua and mining Nicaraguan harbours by an in ternational tribunal way back in the 80s, US threw the verdict to the wind and continued its wayward behaviour, setting a precedence. That excludes US from preaching to China on the South China sea. India, the third largest financial power in the world and the world's largest and greatest democracy has all rights to interfere and advice China to avoid a clash on the seas. 

China should now realise that the times have changed from the eighties. At that time military power was what dictated equations around the world, but now economic might is more important for a country's survival and growth than just military power.  

In the interests of global peace and recognising China's status as a global economic player, the world looks up to China to behave responsibly and fittingly befitting its new status and take proactive steps to diffuse all crises that could hamper global peace and stability.

The other aspect that needs to be carefully looked at it, the fact that India and China are the only two stable and fast developing countries of the world as of now. Precipitating a crisis like situation is the least China would need as it affects China's growth prospects very much. Behaving responsible would definitely ramp up China's position as a global player of strategic importance who could mediate in international crises and solve them for the better. 

The world can least afford any country flexing muscles with another. Raising the living standards and ensuring security of the 7.2 billion inhabitants on planet earth is the necessity of today. The earnestly the countries look forward to it, peace will exist around the world, ensuring all round economic, health, industrial, employment growth across the world ensuring fast global development.

China being a global player has to exhibit great leadership in this time of global concern and tension, particularly with nuclear bomb and other weapons of mass destruction with many players around the world. It should not be accused of precipitating a crisis at this point in time. It has very much to gain through consensus and friendship and much to lose through a posture of confrontation. Hope better sense prevails.


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