America has a very, very long list of global moral duties that must be put in front of the interests of the American people.
One of those many duties, for which Americans must sacrifice, is the territorial rights to a sea on the opposite side of the planet.
The Trump administration escalated its actions against China on Monday by stepping squarely into one of the most sensitive regional issues dividing them and rejecting outright nearly all of Beijing’s significant maritime claims in the South China Sea.
The administration presented the decision as an attempt to curb China’s increasing assertiveness in the region with a commitment to recognizing international law. But it will almost certainly have the more immediate effect of further infuriating the Chinese, who are already retaliating against numerous U.S. sanctions and other penalties on other matters.
It also comes as President Donald Trump has come under growing fire for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, stepped up criticism of China ahead of the 2020 election and sought to paint his expected Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, as weak on China.
Previously, U.S. policy had been to insist that maritime disputes between China and its smaller neighbors be resolved peacefully through U.N.-backed arbitration. But in a statement released Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. now regards virtually all Chinese maritime claims outside its internationally recognized waters to be illegitimate. The shift does not involve disputes over land features that are above sea level, which are considered to be “territorial” in nature.
“The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire,” Pompeo said. “America stands with our Southeast Asian allies and partners in protecting their sovereign rights to offshore resources, consistent with their rights and obligations under international law. We stand with the international community in defense of freedom of the seas and respect for sovereignty and reject any push to impose ‘might makes right’ in the South China Sea or the wider region.”
If might doesn’t make right, then what are you opposing them with, Mike?
They can say whatever they want about helping Vietnam and the Philippines, but these countries are just acting as proxies for the US government.
Effectively, the US is claiming absolute sovereignty over this sea.
This is like if the Chinese government claimed territorial rights to Lake Erie in the name of Cuba. It is dumb nonsense. This has nothing to do with me, you or anyone either of us know. This is an open provocation. It is an aggressive act of war.
Remember that this is happening while our own country is in the middle of a complete economic collapse and a communist revolution. In the midst of that, while the US government is demonstrating that they cannot control what happens on the streets of their capital city, they are claiming to be able to control a body of water on the other side of the spherical earth.
This is happening alongside the weird State Department Antifa agenda in Hong Kong.
Here is the 20-something US State Department employee Nathan Law, who we are supposed to believe is one of the top leaders of this Antifa movement in Hong Kong, demanding that the West help him with his agenda. His agenda is to punish China.
So, the State Department hires a Chinese terrorist and then they tell him to say the thing they want to do, then they do it and say “this is what the Chinese terrorists wanted!”