Internal Chinese Navy magazine says country has secured military dominance in South China Sea

Japan Times
A satellite image shows what appears to be anti-aircraft guns and what are likely to be close-in weapons systems on the artificial island at Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea in this image released Dec. 13. | CSIS ASIA MARITIME TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE / DIGITALGLOBE / VIA REUTERS

Kyodo, Mar 20, 2017

China has secured the central leadership role in the South China Sea and other players cannot match its military supremacy in the region, according to an internal magazine of the People’s Liberation Army obtained by Kyodo News.

Amid staunch denials by China that it is militarizing the South China Sea, the article amounts to a rare admission by its military of its true intentions in the region. Specifically, it sheds light on the policy of boosting the military influence in the area under the cloak of “civilian activities” such as private aviation.

The article was authored by officers of the PLA Navy’s South Sea Fleet, whose mission is to maintain and secure China’s presence in the South China Sea.

The experts said that China’s massive land-reclamation projects have helped it to acquire the PLA’s strategic advantage in military security in the South China Sea to a certain extent.

“Intimidated by the projects, related claimants and neighboring countries are unlikely to provoke any military conflict or escalate it into a war because they are too poorly prepared,” it said.

China has overlapping territorial claims in the strategically significant waterway with the Philippines, Vietnam and other smaller neighbors.

The report said a military crisis in the South China Sea is “highly likely,” but the likelihood that it will flare up into an all-out military conflict or war is small.

With regard to military confrontation with the U.S. military, the report said that while Washington is likely to maintain its seemingly neutral stance on the sovereignty issue of the region, it “lacks both the ability and will to engage in a military conflict or go to war with us.”

While China must make efforts to prevent any military crisis, it must also take advantage of a crisis to counter an attack launched by the enemy and exhaust all necessary means to “hit the enemy where it hurts” and “teach it a lesson.”

To maintain its dominance in the region, the report proposed two approaches.

First is to draw a clear line in the sand with regard to managing a military crisis. Possible means include preventing neighboring countries from occupying more land features, warding off other countries from disrupting its regular activities on the sea such as fishing or development of oil and gas.

Second is to brace for an “endurance warfare” to secure strategic advantages with patience and long-term planning. Over time, the balance of power has tilted toward China, it said. The military should “fight behind a civilian front and refrain from firing the first shot, but it should also prepare to fight endurance warfare” to safeguard sovereignty, security and national interests.

It cited as a successful example of “skillfully taking advantage of a crisis” its normalizing of patrols around the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea immediately after the Japanese government put the islands under state control in 2012.

An international tribunal in The Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines in July last year, rejecting China’s so-called nine-dash line claim over almost the entire sea as having no legal basis. Beijing has rejected the ruling and considers it nonbinding.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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