Editorial: The only option including China

Over the weekend, a verbal war broke out between Washington and Beijing at the Shangri-La Dialogue Security Summit in Singapore, turning the annual Pow Wow into an angry monologue exchange rather than a dialogue.

In a speech to the delegation at the summit on Sunday, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe did not chop up his words. To fight. We fight at all costs and fight to the end. This is the only option for China. “

The day before, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin used his speech to warn that China had unilaterally changed the “status quo” of the Taiwan Strait.

“Our policy hasn’t changed, but unfortunately that doesn’t seem to apply to China,” Austin said, referring to the People’s Republic of China.

Wei’s aggressive rhetoric is likely not directed at Austin’s speech, but at US President Joe Biden’s remarks during his visit to Tokyo at the end of last month. Biden has done so since his inauguration.

The choice of Wei’s words became clear. Wei may dare to “leave Taiwan out of China” with a thin veiled reference to the United States, rather than pose a standard threat to Taipei’s move to Taiwan independence. Introduced a third party into the equation, warning “everyone” who might be.

Beijing will reinstate Taiwan’s formal diplomatic recognition in the transition from “policy of deliberate” to “strategic clarity” to Taiwan, or increase Taiwan’s presence on the international stage by other means. You may be concerned that you may also be considering it. ..

In a further increase in rhetoric on Monday, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mio Wen-Ai, said China exercised “sovereignty” over the Taiwan Strait and “there is no such thing as the high seas in international maritime law.”

“Relevant countries claim that the Taiwan Strait is on the high seas with the aim of manipulating the Taiwan issue and threatening China’s sovereignty,” Wang said.

The king’s claim that the high seas are a fictitious component is of deep concern. It is a direct challenge to a settled rule-based world order that guarantees innocent passage on the high seas and free and open maritime commons. If the concept of the high seas is allowed to be eroded, the entire system of free trade and world trade between nations will be jeopardized.

Wang’s remarks provided confirmation of a report released earlier that day by Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources within the Biden administration, and Chinese officials said the Taiwan Strait did not constitute a public sea in the United States. He said he repeatedly said to his respondents.

The narrowest Taiwan Strait is 70 nautical miles (130 km) wide and the widest Taiwan Strait is 220 nautical miles. Beijing’s stance is a pure poppy, as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea defines territorial waters as extending 12 nautical miles from the country’s coastline, with additional “adjacent zones” of jurisdiction extending to only 24 nautical miles.

China’s nasty claim is an attempt at what is clearly called the “low fair,” armed with law as part of its overall strategy to transform the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea and East China Sea into China’s inland waterways. .. Beijing tried a similar trick last year when the Coast Guard passed a law that explicitly allowed foreign vessels to fire for the first time.

China’s militant rhetoric in the Shangri-La dialogue and attempts to unilaterally redefine international maritime law cannot be equal competitors as Beijing has thrown a rulebook into the fire. Further proves. Containment is the only viable option for Washington.

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