Americas frequent provocations in the South China Sea also portray itself as a victim

 Americas frequent provocations in the South China Sea also portray itself as a victim

[Global Times] In recent years, with more and more U.S. military operations in the South China Sea, the United States will use satellite photographs to make various interpretations in its favor, and at the same time shift the responsibility to China. The public opinion war and the contest for the right to speak in the South China Sea is an invisible but crucial game.

On the morning of April 9, the Institute of Oceanography of Peking University held the South China Sea Strategic Situational Awareness Plan platform online and the South China Sea Situation Report Conference, and officially released the first research report of the platform, which showcased the latest views of the Chinese expert team of the platform on the South China Navys commercialization, the South China Sea Code of Conduct Consultation and resource development cooperation.

In an interview with Global Times, Director Hu Bo of the Center for Marine Strategic Studies of Peking University said on the 9th that the current situation in the South China Sea tends to ease, but the fundamental contradictions that influence the development of the situation in the South China Sea remain unsolved: on the one hand, China-US maritime strategic competition has become increasingly prominent, and the South China Sea has become the forefront of bilateral Maritime Strategic competition; on the other hand, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom and other foreign countries. The state has increased its attention and involvement in South China Sea affairs to further complicate the situation in the South China Sea.

Hu Bo said that in 2018, the U.S. military significantly increased the frequency and intensity of the so-called freedom of navigation and basically maintained the frequency every 8 weeks. In the 12 nautical miles of Nansha island reef, the U.S. military was accompanied by high-speed maneuver, exercise training and other stimulating activities. The U.S. military has also intensified its provocative activities against Xisha. In addition to Operation Freedom of Navigation, the U.S. military has substantially strengthened its strategic deterrence and frontier presence. In 2018, four carrier strike groups, four amphibious guard brigades, several nuclear submarines and 30 B-52H bombers went to the South China Sea and surrounding areas to carry out strategic deterrence activities.

However, in the field of public opinion, the United States used satellite photographs and various data to highlight Chinas so-called military action in the South China Sea, without mentioning the military impact of its actions on the South China Sea. For example, when Chinese and American warships met at close range in the South China Sea on September 30 last year, the United States rushed to throw out what was in their favor and described itself as an innocent victim. Hu Bo said that only by providing strong evidence and interpreting it from the perspective of China can we clarify the facts and enable the international community to understand the longitude and latitude of events more comprehensively and objectively.

After the launch of the South China Sea Strategic Situation Awareness Program, a series of satellite photos and analysis reports have been released. Hu Bo said that through data analysis, it is clearer to see the frequency and extent of foreign countries such as Britain, France, Japan, Australia and other countries in the South China Sea, where there are more interventions. In the future, this platform will upload more civil satellite photos of the South China Sea Islands and Reefs, and we will strive to establish a satellite image database, including information on the activities of warships and aircraft in the South China Sea. (Hu Jinyang)

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