Home » Foreign Forces » China » Chinese Ambassador Cui: U.S. Military Moves in South China Sea Are Coercive


Chinese Ambassador Cui: U.S. Military Moves in South China Sea Are Coercive

China's Ambasador to U.S. Cui Tiankai in 2012. USDA Photo

China’s Ambassador to U.S. Cui Tiankai in 2012. USDA Photo

The Chinese ambassador to the United States said Tuesday’s ruling against Beijing in its dispute with the Philippines by an international tribunal was “a clear attempt use legal instruments for political purposes” and has “taken place with military coercion” as a backdrop.

Speaking at a Washington think tank, Cui Tiankai said, “China has to stand up to” the coercion it sees in the presence of American and other military vessels transiting near its claimed reefs in the South China Sea. “We will not yield to any pressure” from the military, media or a legal body, he added in rejecting the ruling on China’s claims over much of the region, using the so-called “9 Dash line” as its justification of historical possession. The line was included in post-World War II maps.

In answer to a question, Cui said, “Intensive military action so close to neighboring reefs” or entering those nearby waters could be considered by China as a destabilizing action. He distinguished between the passage of commercial or civilian shipping and military vessels in these disputed territories, saying commerce could pass freely through.

Several times, Cui said, in effect, the United States’ “pivot to Asia” has “not brought us enhanced confidence in the region” and has proved to be a source of rising tensions. He also said countries in the region should look at Syria, Iraq and Libya to see the danger in drawing too close to the United States for military protection. “Be careful what you wish for,” he said.

“None of us [in Asia] would pivot to any other place in the world.”

Cui said, “We don’t have any territorial dispute” nor a strategic rivalry with the United States. A “Cold War mentality will not solve the problems of today’s world.” He said the choice of how to proceed the United States wants to proceed was “extremely important,” alluding to the upcoming presidential election. “We want to see a positive interaction,” one with “no conflict, no confrontation.”

He termed the Rim of the Pacific exercise as a confidence-building measure between the two nations’ militaries vital to avoid future miscalculations of intent.

The ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the United Nations’ Convention of the Law of the Sea “probably opens the door to weaken arbitration procedures.” At the same time, the decision “certainly undermines diplomatic efforts” to resolve these disputes. He added China has successfully negotiated land territorial disputes with 12 of its 14 neighbors.

“We are actually a community of common destiny” with the Association of South East Asian Nations.

Cui said the core issue of territorial disputes was not subject to the law of the sea convention or the Hague tribunal’s jurisdiction. “A failure to recognize that is a matter of professional incompetence.” He added the case itself was “initiated not out of good will or good faith.”

In answer to a question, the ambassador said China is open to negotiating with the Philippines to resolve territorial disputes, but “it takes two to tango.” Earlier in his remarks, Cui said, “diplomatic efforts should not be dropped by a scrap of paper or a fleet of aircraft carriers.”

  • Curtis Conway

    Cui said, “We don’t have any territorial dispute”….

    Not according to the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, and Taiwan, who are all your neighbors in the South China Sea. Our US Gangster Movies of 1920s Chicago Politics are instructive, and you have already ‘brought a gun’.

    • Horn

      Don’t forget India, Bhutan, Japan, North Korea, Indonesia, and South Korea. The fact that Taiwan also makes the same claims as China in the SCS seems to me to act as a validation to the Chinese claims. I don’t agree with it, but Taiwan’s claims aren’t helping.

      • Secundius

        The USA doesn’t even have Diplomatic Relations with Bhutan, let alone an Military Alliance. Us, has had a Military Presence in Japan since September 1945 and South Korea since July 1953. We have an “Unofficial Alliance” with Taiwan since 1949, and BOTH Vietnam and the Philippine INVITED us into their Respective Countries. The PRC considers “Force Occupation” of a Nation State as INVITATIONAL…

        • Joe Freeman

          Did you ever notice that once they start adding words to the word “republic” it all goes down hill? The “People’s ” Republic of China? The “Peoples’ ” “Democratic” Republic of North Korea?

          Truth and reality are the first casualties of societies run by Communists. The fact is that the rich 2nd and 3rd generation psychopaths which run the country and their spoiled offspring which you can see shopping in the luxury stores of America in Beverly Hills, Orange County and San Francisco are about the most privileged class there is.

          And mainland China is not run for the “People” and it ain’t a republic. Its a stinking cesspool of dishonesty, bribery, corruption, and pollution. It’s highest achievement is the harvesting of organs from live political prisoners. Who says prisons can’t be profitable?

          • Secundius

            I suspect the word “Republic” was used to “Legitimize” the Government. Just like “Democratic” to make it Sound like the “People” actually had a Say in the Functioning of the Political System…

          • Joe Freeman

            Certainly true in China and North Korea. And becoming that way very rapidly in the US where the politicians are bought by the very rich and corporations, banks and insurance companies. The illusion that it is a 2 party system is an illusion because the same “donors” and lobbyists buy and bribe both parties.

            Trump isn’t getting those fat donor checks. To me this, along with the fact that the Republican establishment hates him so badly that most stayed away from the convention indicates that he is truthful when he claims that he isn’t a bought politician (although he admits to BUYING plenty of them as a businessman).

            So…. because of that I feel that perhaps I do, for the first time in my memory have a choice, a choice to vote for an unknown quantity and some form of change, or a chance to vote for business and corruption and lies as usual.

            So I think I’ll vote for Trump

      • Curtis Conway

        Coercion and payoffs has kept everyone else out of court Officially, while they are all talking behind closed doors, and participating in every exercise we conduct, with some new ones coming on line in the region.

      • life form

        Now first let me say Taiwan is very unhappy about having Taiping Island ruled a rock. My understanding is that despite it being 0.5 square km, and having fresh water wells and people, Taiping/Itu Abu was ruled a rock because there are no permanent community members, merely an outpost of rotating military.

        But other than that, Taiwan does not wish to push the absurd claims of the nine dashed line. Taiwan is stuck with those claims because of it’s ROC Constitution.

        87% of Taiwanese would love to declare independence, drop the ROC name in favor of “Taiwan”, rewrite her Constitution, and negotiate with relevant parties for reasonable, but substantial territorial claims.

        But she has to rewrite her constitution do do that, and that means declaring independence….but Taiwan fears what China would do. Taiwan is not the problem here.

        • Joe Freeman

          Agreed. Mainland China is the problem. The sociopaths at the top of that cesspit can’t bear the notion that people would like to be free. As witness their takeover in Hong Kong. As witness Tibet. As witness their aggression against India and support of two international pariahs, North Korea, and Pakistan.

  • CharleyA

    China is acting like a teenager with a new drivers license.

    • John B. Morgen

      With very large but modern “gun boats.”

    • Joe Freeman

      More like a mongoloid drunk in a semi truck.

  • Mark

    And has drank a six-pack.

  • Hugh

    An exclusive economic zone is a sea zone prescribed by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea over which a state has special rights regarding the exploration and use of marine resources, including energy production from water and wind. It stretches from the baseline out to 200 nautical miles from its coast. The term may include the continental shelf. The term does not include either the territorial sea or the continental shelf beyond the 200 nmi limit. This may bisect the area between closer neighbouring countries. To be recognised, a portion of land must be naturally above high water and must be formally claimed by a country. The difference between the territorial sea and the exclusive economic zone is that the first confers full sovereignty over the waters, whereas the second is merely a “sovereign right” which refers to the coastal state’s rights below the surface of the sea. China signed up to this. The International Court has made its findings based on this law.

  • John Tomlin

    Remember the “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere”? Sounds like the Chinese do.

    • Joe Freeman

      Yeah. Just exactly. Including the idea they have of building an ever expanding chain of fortified islands as a screen for their shithole of a polluted homeland. From which they can sally forth and make attacks on other nations by surprise.

      Already been tried. Didn’t work out so well for the last miscreants.

  • sferrin

    It’s amusing watching China whine when countries don’t roll over.

    • Joe Freeman

      The Chinese are great whiners. They particularly whine if the people they are trying to mug and steal from try to protect them selves or object.

      The Chinese then accuse these people of being “aggressors”. I guess it’s aggressive to defend your land, sea and resources from the Chinese ghouls.

  • John B. Morgen

    There! I was right all along about China’s refusal to accept the international court’s decision over the ref-island matter with the Philippines. The rule of law doesn’t apply with China, thus, it is the time for the United States should consider China as major threat in Asia—- next to North Korea. The United States should take away China’s favorite nation status, and cancel all joint military exercises.

    • Joe Freeman

      Agreed. Why anyone would WANT to trade with and enrich a bunch of psychopaths who harvest organs from living political prisoners is beyond my ken.

      ASEAN, the EU and the US and Canada should embargo trade with China. Completely and totally. Shift the trade to southeast Asia and India until China catches a clue about how to run a country, including air that is breathable, water that is drinkable, and land that grows crops.

      • John B. Morgen

        Yes indeed….