World View: China Blames U.S. for Anti-China Violence in Vietnam
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- China blames U.S. as anti-China violence grows in Vietnam
- U.S. asks Vietnam to permit additional Navy ship visits
- Japan moves toward reinterpreting its pacifist constitution
- Palestinian commemorate founding of Israel as 'Nakba Day'
- Lebanon accused of discriminating against Palestinians from Syria
China blames U.S. as anti-China violence grows in Vietnam
On Thursday, a mob of a thousand Vietnamese protesters stormed a
Taiwanese steel mill in Vietnam, hunted down Chinese workers, killed one, and torched the complex. Taiwanese companies, many of which
employ Chinese nationals, have born the brunt of Vietnam's anti-China
protests and violence. The protesters are furious over China's
installation of an oil rig in waters in the South China Sea
historically claimed by Vietnam.
Also on Thursday, China's top military leader, the head of the
People's Liberation Army (PLA) General Fang Fenghui, was in
Washington, meeting at the Pentagon with U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman
General Martin Dempsey. At the joint press conference, Fang blamed
President Barack Obama's pivot to Asia, saying that Vietnam, the
Philippines, and Japan had seized on it to cause trouble in the South
and East China seas. (This is China's standard message: all of Asia
could live in peace and harmony, as long as the U.S. and all the Asian
countries are docile and obedient to the commands issued by China.)
As for the oil rig, Fang made it clear that China would make
no concessions at all:
I think it’s quite clear... who is conducting normal
activity and who is disrupting it.
Territory which has passed down by our ancestors into the hands of
our generation – we cannot afford to lose an inch.
He added that China does not seek conflict but is not afraid of it.
War between Vietnam and China has never been closer. AP and Reuters
U.S. asks Vietnam to permit additional Navy ship visits
With tensions growing sharply between Vietnam and China, the
U.S. Navy asked Vietnam Thursday to permit the Seventh Fleet to have
additional U.S. port calls. Currently, Vietnam limits U.S.
port calls for one visit of up to three ships each year to avoid antagonizing China. Now that Vietnam has
reversed policy and is willing to antagonize China by permitting
peaceful anti-China protests, it's thought that Vietnam may
make a similar change of policy with respect to U.S. naval port
Because of China's increasingly offensive military activity in the
South China Sea, Vietnam has felt it's had no choice but to develop
closer military relations with the U.S., India, and Russia. Reuters
Japan moves toward reinterpreting its pacifist constitution
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe officially announced Thursday the
intention to reinterpret its pacifist constitution to permit using the
armed forces for "collective self-defense." I discussed this issue recently in detail.
This reinterpretation of the constitution will permit the armed forces
to use the military to defend allies, particularly the United States,
if the ally is being attack but Japan is not. It will also permit Japan to rescue Japanese civilians in remote locations. In his
announcement, Abe alluded to China when he mentioned as an example a
case in which an armed group disguised as fishermen land on the
country’s remote islands. Many Japanese oppose the reinterpretation
of the constitution, fearing that it's the first step on a slippery
slope to war. Japan News
Palestinian commemorate founding of Israel as 'Nakba Day'
Palestinians on Thursday commemorated the 66th anniversary of the
founding of Israel on May 15, 1948, as "the Nakba" or "the
catastrophe." Palestinians remember May 15 as the day in which
Palestinians were expelled from Palestine as the region fell into a
bloody war between Arabs and Jews. According to one Palestinian
official, "There is no backing out from the right of the refugees to
return, for the Palestinian revolution was launched in 1965 for the
implementation of this right, and tens of thousands of martyrs and
hundreds of thousands of wounded have fallen for this cause."
Daily Star (Beirut)
Lebanon accused of discriminating against Palestinians from Syria
Palestinians are accusing Lebanon of implementing new regulations on
the border with Syria that are indiscriminately harming Palestinians.
The new regulations were triggered by the arrest last week of 49
Syrians and Palestinians previously living in Syria on suspicion of
possessing forged documents. However, the new regulations are even
forcing Palestinian families to split up when they're faced with a
medical emergency. Like Israel, Lebanon has been the target of
terrorist attacks by jihadists and is implementing new regulations
with the intention of preventing new terrorist attacks. Daily Star (Beirut)
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