World View: U.S. Aircraft Carrier and Vietnam Show Force in South China Sea

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • U.S. aircraft carrier and Vietnam show force in the South China Sea
  • Chinese fisherman killed while fishing in South Korean waters
  • Israel navy intercepts activist ship trying to break Gaza blockade

U.S. aircraft carrier and Vietnam show force in the South China Sea

USS George Washington nuclear powered aircraft carrier in South China Sea on Saturday (AP)
USS George Washington nuclear powered aircraft carrier in South China Sea on Saturday (AP)

The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington cruised through the South China Sea on Saturday, in a show of force to counter China's claim to the entire region. China is demanding sovereignty over the entire South China Sea, including areas historically belonging to other countries, and has established a military base in the Paracel Islands to be able to use its vast military power to enforce its demands militarily. One of the nations that China is threatening militarily is Vietnam, and Vietnamese security and government officials were flown onto the aircraft carrier to take part in the show of military force. The United States says that it takes no sides in the territorial disputes between China and all of its neighbors, but says it wants the disputes settled according to international law, and wants to guarantee freedom of passage through the South China Sea for all commercial traffic. AP

Chinese fisherman killed while fishing in South Korean waters

South Korea expressed regret Friday over the death of a Chinese fisherman who was with a group of 30 Chinese vessels fishing in South Korean waters. The Chinese fishermen used knives and clubs on South Korean Coast Guard officers attempting to board the fishing vessels. The South Koreans responded by firing rubber bullets, and one of the Chinese fishermen was killed. China is protesting the incident. So far this year, the South Korean coast guard has seized 130 Chinese fishing boats for poaching. Chinese fishermen consider the risk acceptable because the fish stocks off the South Korean coast are much richer (in quantity and quality) than off China (where overfishing has done a lot of damage). Yonhap and Strategy Page

Israel navy intercepts activist ship trying to break Gaza blockade

Israel's navy has seized the Swedish ship "Estelle" of pro-Palestinian activists attempting to land at a Gaza port, thereby breaking Israel's blockade of Gaza. It was carrying 30 activists from Europe, Canada and Israel, humanitarian cargo such as cement and goodwill items such as children's books. The Israeli navy boarded the ship without incident and towed it to the Israeli port of Ashdod. The activists are expected to be deported, and the humanitarian aid will be transported overland to Gaza. Jerusalem Post


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