South China Sea storms

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

Mil­i­tary and diplo­matic ten­sions in the South China Sea con­tinue to rise as China shows no sign of eas­ing ver­bal and mil­i­tary pos­tur­ing over its dis­puted sovereignty claims in the re­sourcerich South China Sea. On July 19, for­eign min­is­ters of the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions (ASEAN) met in the In­done­sian re­sort of Bali to fi­nesse and fi­nal­ize, among other mea­sures, a joint pro­posal to work with China on the South China Sea dis­putes. Four of its 10 mem­ber states, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philip­pines and Viet­nam, chal­lenge China’s claim of con­trol over most of the vast South­east Asian waters. Guard ship, a Hamil­ton-class 3,300-ton cut­ter, as a pa­trol ship for Manila.

In re­sponse, on the day be­fore the newly pur­chased ship set sail for Manila from San Fran­cisco, the Chinese gov­ern­ment an­nounced its lat­est war­ship launch­ing in Shang­hai. The largest war­ship to date is the 19,000-ton am­phibi­ous dock­land­ing ship Jing­gang­shan, the week about vi­o­lent clashes be­tween eth­nic Uighurs and Chinese po­lice in the an­cient Silk Road city Hotan. Of­fi­cial gov­ern­ment news out­lets said July 18 that Uighur sep­a­ratist thugs stormed the po­lice sta­tion, tak­ing hostages, trig­ger­ing shoot­ing that left four peo­ple and “sev­eral” thugs killed. In line with Bei­jing’s pro­pa­ganda, China at­trib­uted the in­ci­dents to what it

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