As you will recall back in the days of America’s war in Vietnam, the prevailing opinion of our prevailing experts was that Vietnam and China were close allies, and if we did not halt Chinese expansion then one day Chinese ships would be sailing along our shores and soon depositing thousands of Chinese soldiers who would rape our women and march on Washington D.C. Ah, those were the good old days when we feared Vietnamese and Chinese soldiers. Well, today is today. At this moment, Vietnamese sailors are in conflict with Chinese oil rigs in the South China sea which is claimed by China as ITS TERRITORY. Chinese oil rigs are also off the coast of the Philippines and the Chinese navy insists that islands near Japan belong to China. Just name the sea area anywhere in Asia, and the Chinese government will claim it.
Wu Shicun of the National Institute for South China Sea Studies made clear to people in Vietnam and the Philippines that the old days of shoving around China were at an end. “There are countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines are prone to support antagonism to China. They want internationalization of the South China sea.”
Oh well, another day, another world problem. Why not just give China the entire Pacific Ocean. Perhaps they can find some deserted islands, plant the Chinese flag and proclaim their right to control the fish and any oil in the area?