John Pomfret writes in the Washington Post that China claims “indisputable sovereignty” over the South China Sea. World leaders protest but China says it will honor international law regarding shipping.
I know a few American’s who will bridle at China’s claim. After all, the world’s oceans have been America’s bathtub since World War II, and before World War II, the British Empire ruled the waves.
It’s about time the West awakes and sees that China is serious about regaining its political position in the world. In the 18th century, China had the largest global economy and was more powerful than the Roman or British Empire for more than two millennia.
Remember Admiral Zheng He and China’s 15th century naval armada? China had an opportunity to bully the world but didn’t. Instead, in the 19th century, the West arrived to bully China. See China: The Roots of Madness
It seems that the Chinese may be serious about building a navy to rival America. Automation Technology and Industry reports that by 2013, China will become the largest shipbuilder. China is already the world’s second biggest economy and may surpass the US in more than a decade to become number one.
Remember America’s Monroe Doctrine where in 1823, an upstart US announced to the world that any interference in Western hemispheric affairs would be seen as a threat to its security.
China hasn’t gone that far yet, but they are learning fast.
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