Bei­jing’s pa­tience on South China Sea is­sue

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

Lul­ti­mately EAVING aside some voice of rea­son, it ap­pears South China Sea may

turn into a war theatre due to rash and provoca­tive poli­cies and be­hav­iour of the United States. De­spite se­vere protests by China, the United States is per­sist­ing with pa­trolling of its war­ships near Yong­shu Reef in the Nan­sha Is­lands. Chi­nese see pa­trolling by Amer­i­can war­ships as a threat to their sovereignty and se­cu­rity, en­dan­ger­ing the safety of peo­ple and fa­cil­i­ties on the reef and an at­tempt to dis­turb re­gional peace and sta­bil­ity. How­ever, it was be­cause of the re­mark­able pa­tience on the part of Bei­jing that no un­to­ward in­ci­dent has hap­pened which could have threat­ened peace in the re­gion.

It is un­der­stood that the US pol­icy on South China Sea is­sue is the prod­uct of mad­den­ing power and force that Wash­ing­ton pos­sesses and is al­ways ea­ger to dis­play in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the globe. China, on the other hand, has no ag­gres­sive de­signs against any coun­try of the world and in­stead wants to in­te­grate na­tions through its in­no­va­tive One Belt, One Road project. De­spite United States’ pro­vok­ing bid to other re­gional coun­tries to forge a so­called coali­tion for any fu­ture mis­ad­ven­ture on the is­sue of South China Sea, China con­tin­ues to keep its cool. Chi­nese pa­tience shows its diplo­matic ma­tu­rity that is in line with 5000-year-old Chi­nese tra­di­tions and poli­cies; but it is un­der­stood that in the face of un­end­ing provo­ca­tions some­thing bad could hap­pen. Mean­while, the Arab del­e­gates at­tend­ing the Min­is­te­rial meet­ing of China-Arab Co­op­er­a­tion Fo­rum have pledged to back China’s ef­forts to peace­fully re­solve mar­itime dif­fer­ence through di­a­logue; while the Afghan Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ab­dul­lah Ab­dul­lah, cur­rently vis­it­ing China, has also ex­pressed Afghanistan’s sup­port for China’s principled stand on the is­sue. We, there­fore, would like to call upon the United Na­tions and other civ­i­lized coun­tries, par­tic­u­larly Pak­istan, to take se­ri­ous no­tice of the sit­u­a­tion, come out with un­am­bigu­ous stance for peace and take steps to pre­vent any show down in the trou­bled South China Sea wa­ters.

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