Sansha, China’s big ambition in developing South China Sea
Washington has, time and again, affirmed it does not take a position on the competing sovereignty claims over the South China Sea, but has a national interest in maintaining the regional peace and stability.
It made a fuss about the establishment of Sansha city, an affair within China’s sovereignty, saying it "remained concerned" about the "unilateral" move. Meanwhile, it turned a blind eye to a spate of provocative acts by other countries, such as Vietnam and the Philippines.
This has rendered its claimed even-handed stance less convincing, damaging the credibility of US foreign policy.
By promising Japan necessary security support in the event of an armed attack on the Diaoyu Islands under a mutual security pact, the United States has blatantly defied the international norms which it always requires others to respect.
Emboldened by the US posture, Japan said it would consider dispatching its Self-Defence Force in response to disputes over the islands in the East China Sea that belong to China.
Recent episodes have cast doubts on whether Washington is ready to implement the stated objectives, as its acts appear designed to hem in Beijing rather than explore a possible evolution of the relationship.
A handful of renowned strategists, including Henry Kissinger, have long pointed out the United States can not take root in the Asia-Pacific region without effective cooperation with China, which means if the U.S. Asia-Pacific policies distance the country from China they are doomed to be short-lived.
Washington would do better to keep its words by genuinely and determinedly pursuing cooperative relations with Beijing and growing into a force conducive to regional peace, instead of poking its noses into other countries’ domestic affairs and playing upon bilateral maritime disputes for its own interests.
Wang Chunyan, an employee of the Xisha Supermarket, said she moved from Haikou, capital of Hainan, to Yongxing Island at the beginning of the year, as she foresaw good business prospects on the island.
The 21-year-old woman said her father had been working on the supply ship for more than 20 years. She has become familiar with the island, and did not worry about the living conditions there before she came.
However, to most locals, the trouble of living on the island is the lack of medicare services. But this problem should be solved after the New Xisha People’s Hospital is completed. It is scheduled to open by the end of the year.
"I will set up a small restaurant serving sea food after tourists are allowed to visit. It will make my fishing hauls sell better," said the 32-year-old fisherman who has been living on the island since the age of 19.
The newly elected city government has planned to make tourism one of three economic engines for the development of Sansha city, besides fishing and oil and gas exploration, according to Xia Jie, the city mayor elected on Monday.
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