China, Obama, Vietnam, the Spratly Islands and World War III

Jan. 16– President Obama confronts the Chinese Communist Party’s belligerent claim to the South China Sea and Spratly Islands by sending U.S. Marines to Australia for “military exercises.”

Obama’s actions are intended to shore up an American naval presence in the western Pacific due to increased tensions caused by military actions conducted by the genocidal Chinese Communist Party.

[APRIL 23, 2012, UPDATE FOR SOUTH CHINA SEA AND SPRATLY ISLANDS CONFLICT NOW AVAILABLE AT THIS LINK: China prepares for war over South China Sea, Spratly Islands. This article continues on the link.]

The CCP’s claim to the region has grave consequences for America’s Pacific allies and U.S. national security. The number of U.S. Marines dispatched will increase to thousands in the near future.

[NOV. 24 UPDATE: THE CCP HAS RESPONDED TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ANNOUNCEMENT BY SCRAMBLING ITS NAVY FOR "EXERCISES" IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN. Click here to visit this BBC News link for more information.]

During the last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama have made repeated warnings to the CCP in regards to the South China Sea, as the CCP has warned the United States to stay out of the disputed region and not meddle in the “internal affairs” of the Chinese Communist Party.

The CCP is after the vast, untapped oil and mineral reserves located below the ocean floor around the Spratly Islands, which are claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and China.

Make no mistake about this one, people. We are witnessing the long forestalled prelude to World War III.

For background information on the significance of these explosive geopolitical events, please read the last two updates made by THE LAST COLUMNIST below the following links:

Also read an article by THE LAST COLUMNIST titled, China’s Aircraft Carriers, Taiwan and World War III.”

For information on the “joint military exercises” with Australia, please visit this link to the BBC News website. For information on increased tensions in the western Pacific Ocean, visit this BBC News link.

NOV. 20 UPDATE: Article link to the N.Y. Times about the U.S., Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines confronting China’s Premier on South China Sea territorial claims.

LAST TWO UPDATES BY THE LAST COLUMNIST:

Oct. 2011– Vietnam changed its military draft code in preparation for war with China in the South China Sea.

China’s belligerent claim to the strategic and mineral-rich Spratly Islands increased, after the Chinese Communist Party deployed its largest military vessels to the region in response to Vietnam’s “live-fire exercises” and what the CCP calls the “U.S. government’s meddling” in China’s internal affairs.

Vietnam’s Prime Minister, Ngyuen Tan Dung, recently leveled charges of increased belligerency against the Chinese Communist Party and said Vietnam’s sovereignty regarding the Spartly Islands is not up for discussion.

The Chinese Communist Party is attempting to permanently cut off international shipping lanes in the Eastern Sea (AKA South China Sea) to cause economic chaos in Western nations and to lay claim to the [currently] unattainable riches found far below the ocean floor around the Spratly Islands [explained later in this article].

Chinese Communist Party navy personnel, under orders from Beijing, have massacred Vietnamese, Filipino and Malaysian military personnel, as well as respective civilians in the region due to CCP territorial claims.

The CCP’s navy also had several incidents with U.S. Naval vessels, and it has warned the United States to stay out of the [Eastern] South China Sea. The U.S. Navy tries to constantly enforce international laws by making its presence known in international shipping lanes.

The following video takes you to an international news report on the Chinese Communist Party’s 2011 warning for the United States to stay out of the South China Sea, which is a clear violation of international law regarding Freedom of the Seas:

The United States has stated that maintaining stability (and open shipping lanes) in the heavily-contested Spratly Islands region is a matter of “national security” to the United States.

For more information on the most recent update regarding Vietnam and China’s dispute over the Spratly Islands, please visit The CS Monitor.

The Philippines and the Spratlys in July 2011

Let it be known that THE LAST COLUMNIST isn’t taking sides with the preceding report on Vietnam’s claim. THE LAST COLUMNIST merely presents international debate to increase public awareness and supplement geopolitical analysis.

In July 2011, Philippine President Benigo Aquino III made it clear in a speech that the Spratly Islands belong to the Philippines based on international law pertaining to rights given to archipelago nations and continental shelf extensions, especially in regards to the Spratly Islands. The Philippines refer to the area as the “West Philippine Sea.”

For more on President Aquino’s speech, visit this link to a news report detailing the Filipino president’s stance on the issue.

In the article, the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Harry Thomas, is quoted as saying the United States supports the Philippines’ sovereignty over the Spratly Island region.

THE LAST COLUMNIST’S original June 2011 article with extensive Spratly Island background information and in-depth geopolitical analysis follows:

World War III starts over an area in the western Pacific Ocean known as the Spratly Island group.

Claimed by Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan, the Spratly Islands also attract a belligerent ownership claim from distant neighbor China due to issues of geopolitics.

Found in the middle of major shipping lanes and having abundant commercial fishing possibilities, the Spratly Islands trigger human conflict for an even greater reason: untapped oil, gas and mineral reserves discovered far below the surface of these remote islands.

Geological estimates put the regions oil and gas reserves at 25-billion tons, far outweighing the combined reserves currently found in Kuwait and Nigeria. Here’s the problem: nobody has the technology to extract anything— yet. Most reserves sit far beneath the oceanic crust in sedimentary beds.

By violently establishing their claim on the Spartly Islands, the Chinese Communist Party hopes to prepare for technological advances in deep sea drilling and mining, so they have the ability to directly profit from the area’s natural resources– and cause irreversible environmental damage in the process.

LEGITIMATE CLAIMS BASED ON GEOGRAPHY AND MARITIME LAW

Geographically speaking, the Spratly Islands are closest to the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei. But Malaysia claims the Spratly’s based on the United Nation’s Law of the Sea, recognizing rights granted off their continental shelf and every nation’s right to make a claim based on an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 200 miles off a country’s coastline.

Of course, the most belligerent and ridiculous claim comes from the distant Chinese Communist Party. Citing the Spratly’s as ancient Chinese fishing grounds found in a vague reference in mythological maps, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) set up military stations on the uninhabited island group under the guise of fishing outposts and lighthouses.

The CCP gave warnings to Vietnam and Malaysia after the two countries made new claims in 2009. Claiming the Spratly’s as sovereign territory, the Chinese Communists have warned of dire consequences if other countries infringe on their ridiculous claim.

In 1988, the Chinese Communists intercepted several Vietnamese military vessels. The CCP massacred the Vietnamese soldiers for attempting to land on Vietnamese soil in the Spratly Islands.

Many confrontations have taken place over the years: all between the CCP and whoever dares to lay claim to the Spratly Islands.

Based on the interpretation of international and maritime law, THE LAST COLUMNIST believes The Philippines hold the strongest claim. Since it’s entirely an Island Nation, the Spratly Islands fall within internationally accepted definitions of territorial possessions for archipelago nations.

An Iron Curtain drops across the Pacific Ocean

The Chinese Communists stepped up their claims and military presence after the United States reduced it’s presence in the Philippines. Now the CCP has successfully delivered its secret weapon to their puppet nation of North Korea.

The CCP delivered several conventional surface-to-surface anti-aircraft carrier missiles. The missiles have the capability to travel 700 miles and destroy a United States aircraft carrier with one shot. As long as North Korea does the CCP’s dirty work, they can plead innocence on the world stage. Also, they successfully tested a new space weapon that can destroy U.S. satellites. All U.S. military weapons, including ships, tanks, aircraft, and soldiers rely on satellites to maintain military readiness. Once the satellites are destroyed, the CCP can move at will.

Recently, the Chinese Communists began economic warfare against countries refusing to recognize their alleged sovereign right to the Spratly Islands and their desire for worldwide conquest.

The CCP controls 90% of the world’s rare-earth minerals, crucial to manufacturing technologically advanced goods. Due to economic disagreements with the U.S. and Japan, the CCP stopped exporting the minerals. The Chinese Communist Party lifted the embargo after heavy diplomatic pressure. But how long will it last?

Here is a BBC News link to a short video explaining the Spratly Island/South China Sea conflict: BBC News video.

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