Xiake Island: the U.S. comes to do business again

 Xiake Island: the U.S. comes to do business again

In this round of making waves, what is the US calculation?


It seems that the United States is familiar with Chinas territorial waters.

In recent years, the United States has shifted the focus of India Pacific military struggle to the South China Sea. It is roughly estimated that the South China Sea operation has consumed more than 60% of the US forces in the Western Pacific front. Every year, US warships and aircrafts break into the islands and reefs of the South China Sea more than 10 times within 12 nautical miles, and approach Chinas islands, reefs and coasts for thousands of reconnaissance and hundreds of exercises. In 2020, the frequency is even more intensive. In the first half of the year, US military aircraft have carried out more than 2000 activities in the South China Sea.

Some scholars believe that maintaining the maritime hegemony of the United States in the Asia Pacific region is a long-standing strategic consensus of the US domestic think tanks, strategic decision-making circles and the military. Although the current US national strength has declined, it is not surprising that the US military continues to promote its Hegemonic Maintenance action out of inertia.

What is intriguing is that while the militarys action is advancing, the United States has extended its octopus hand to Chinese enterprises building islands in the South China Sea.

According to the sanctions announced by the US side on August 26, Chinese enterprises, including several subsidiaries of China Communications Construction Co., Ltd., will be restricted from importing relevant products or technologies from the United States.

A careful look at the list of medium gun enterprises in this round shows the intention of the US sideu2014u2014

CCCC is the worlds largest dredging company and the worlds largest container crane manufacturer. In 2018, the United States passed the Defense Authorization Act to restrict Chinas construction of islands and reefs in the South China Sea. The day after the warning was issued, the Tiankun of CCCC set sail to sea.

The companys Tiankun and junyang 1 are Asias largest heavy self-propelled cutter suction dredger and Asias largest trailing suction dredger. The former can transport 6000 cubic meters of sea water, gravel and sediment mixture to 15000 meters in one hour, while the latter can instantly landfill luzniki stadium, Russias largest stadium, within 1-2 hours.

This time, the United States is also focusing on the Seventh Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, which specializes in the development and manufacture of communication equipment and electronic computers, the 30th Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, which is good at developing key technologies and major system engineering projects, and the 722 Research Institute of China Shipbuilding Industry Group Corporation, which is the only one in China specializing in the development of comprehensive communication and supporting equipment for ships And so on.

Tiankun goes to sea (photo source: CCTV News)

Some people ask what China has done in the South China Sea, which has led the US side to take the South China Sea issue to the forefront in recent years. It has not only repeatedly intruded into the sea area, but also carried out sanctions in a desperate and shameless manner?

Hu Bo, director of the South China Sea strategic situation awareness program, told uncle Dao that Chinas sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea and their adjacent waters has a full historical and legal basis. Chinas South China Sea Policy in recent years is also very clear, that is, continued restraint: in the case of the US military repeatedly crossing the border, China has deployed a small number of necessary land defense facilities, and has not made any radical action in addition to tracking and driving away the US warships and aircraft.

As for Chinas construction of islands and reefs in the South China Sea, China has also made it clear.

According to CCTV news data in 2016, the area of Meiji reef in Spratly Islands is 5.6 square kilometers, 4.3 square kilometers of Zhu Bi reef, and 2.8 square kilometers of Yong Shu reef. In recent years, China has focused on the construction of islands and reefs in the South China Sea in the fields of peoples livelihood construction and international public goods supply.

Specifically, the main contents of the construction of islands and reefs in the South China Sea include lighthouses, maritime rescue stations, meteorological observation stations, marine observation centers, comprehensive medical and first-aid facilities, sewage and garbage treatment facilities, etc.; the construction purpose is mainly to meet the civil needs of disaster prevention and mitigation, marine scientific research, meteorological observation, ecological environment protection, navigation safety, fishery production services, etc. Then there is the necessary military defense needs.

The ambition of ocean Empire is not in China, but in some peoples dreams.


Is it really so sudden that the United States is concentrating on demons in the South China Sea?

Of course not.

More recently, U.S. Secretary of state pompeio, assistant secretary of state for Asia Pacific Affairs David stavey and defense minister Espa have publicly criticized Chinas claim to sovereignty over islands and reefs in the South China Sea, shouting that China wants to monopolize oil and gas resources in the South China Sea..

Far from that, since the Obama administration, the United States has laid multiple charges against China on the South China Sea issue, such as undermining freedom of navigation, coercing neighboring countries, and violating international law. Davidson, commander of the US Indian Pacific Command, once threatened that armed conflict was the only way to stop Chinas territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Hu Bo said that at present, the United States emphasizes topic binding and no longer talks about the South China Sea, but extensively links the South China Sea with other Sino US issues. Dao Shu Qianliyan believes that the strategic position of the South China Sea is important. At this time, the current U.S. government uses military pressure, political containment and trade restrictions to attack the South China Sea, which not only reflects its long-term strategic plan, but also aims at short-term development The consideration of internal political capital.

The South China Sea is not Americas Hawaii. The United States can never and should not think of establishing an exclusive order in the South China Sea.

Cant you?

On the same day that the United States announced sanctions against 24 Chinese enterprises, Hong Kongs South China Morning Post said that the dongfeng-26 medium and long-range ballistic missiles launched by the PLA from Qinghai and the dongfeng-21d medium range ballistic missiles launched from Zhejiang Province fell into the South China Sea at the same time.