Tuesday, March 10, 2009

China Replies to US navy claims

China says a US Navy ship involved in Sunday's confrontation with its vessels off the southern island of Hainan violated international and Chinese law.
Foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said US complaints that five Chinese vessels had harassed the USNS Impeccable were "totally inaccurate".

Beijing says the US ship was conducting activities within the waters of its special economic zone.

Under international law, Chinese territorial waters extend 12 nautical miles (22km) off its coast and its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) extends 200 nautical miles.

Meanwhile, US navy surveillance vessel was on routine operations in international waters 75 miles (120km) south of Hainan island.

China says the US was in its Exclusive Economic Zone -but the two sides disagree on what activities are allowed in an EEZ

So they most likely were in the Chinese Exclusive Economic Zone.

China says that any intelligence data gathering by foreign governments within its EEZ is illegal - but the US does not agree with this.

Imagine my non-surpise that the US does not agree with China's claims.

The Impeccable is used to map the ocean floor with sonar. The information is used by the US navy to steer its own submarines or track those of other nations.

What should come as no surprise there just happens to be a large Chinese submarine base on Hainan island.

Aggressive manoeuvring by ships of rival navies in sensitive international waters is not uncommon, correspondents say.
What a convenient distraction!


  1. I think all of America has gone down the rabbit hole with Alice. The Mad Hatter is running the show, the White Rabbit is running around yelling "I'm late, I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date! No time to say 'Hello', goodbye, I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!". And the Queen of Hearts is chopping off heads because no one is letting her win.

    This particular situation has the feel of the Cheshire Cat popping up where least expected, trying to start some type of shit, and denying it all the while.

  2. I've been to Hainan Island. It was okay. It was like Waikiki for Chinese people. There are big army bases there but I didn't see them. The agency who was making the beer commercial I was working on, decided that palm trees in the background would be more conducive to beer sales than military bases. So all I saw was palm trees.

    But Hainan Island has been in the news before. Do you remember when a Chinese jet fighter forced down an American spy plane there? The American crew hammering all the gear etc but failing, and the Chinese getting their hands on it?

    And here we are again with Americans thinking it perfectly right and normal that their military should be go wherever, unmolested. And what with 'good for the goose, for the gander', I look forward to the Americans having no great problems with Chinese spy-ships and spy-planes being 100km off their coast.

    The US military has a big heart, and it reflects badly on the Chinese that they should treat the US with such suspicion. Boo Hiss!

  3. hey skye;
    agreed, much madness abounds

    glad to see you about btw
    and yes I do recall the spy plane incident and of course the subsequent whining by the american media.
    "And here we are again with Americans thinking it perfectly right and normal that their military should be go wherever, unmolested."

    as usual.

    But recently some Russian jets came CLOSE to Canadian airspace and the PM was carrying on so much about it, unbelievable.
    Oh it's worrisome, it's agression
    bullshit ! it goes on everyday

    But when "we" do it, it must be accepted, when "they do it, much hell must be raised about it, hands wrung etc.


  4. Skye, I tip my hat, it could not have been said better.
    Oh and no one will believe this one but the word verification was (ciaaction)

  5. 1. The area in question is not recognized as the PRC's EEZ, as it is also claimed as the EEZ of the ROC, Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

    If you look at this map, you'll see the competing claims.


    2. Even if it were a PRC EEZ, it is still International Waters, and any harassment of any ship not engaged in prohibited economic activities would be an act of piracy. Therefore, unless the US navy ships are operating a fishing fleet, the PRC are the pirates.

  6. Also, the PRC was clearly in the wrong when their idiotic pilot Wrong Way crashed into the US plane in International Air Space, as they clearly "admitted" when they released the kidnapped crew and the plane.

    If you recall they knew from the beginning that they were in the wrong, since they tried to propagate the absurdity that the huge American plane crashed into their jet fighter. This is so absurd and embarrassing to the Chinese Air Force, suggesting that their planes can't outmaneuver a lumbering cargo plane!

  7. brianakira:

    thanks for the comments, but in all honesty, I humbly believe the spy ship was in China's claimed water, if not they were in someone elses.

    The fact is China owns the US, they financed the massive debt and are deeply worried about the US defaulting.

    This is a show, a threat too China, not to think about calling in the debt, or the US will attack.

    I see by your blog you have very different opinions then I do, but make no mistake, financially China can take the US out, and theoretically they could then own everything in that country worth owning.
    The American government is I am certain totally aware of that reality, hence they have to bully China with trumped up threats to keep them in line.