Families in 12 Asian Nations sense danger in China/US naval buildup
American and Chinese aircraft carriers and supporting warships are together in the South China Sea today.
Experts say that today, China is out-muscled by a 35-nation alliance that stands in strong solidarity, “in the color of right”, according to USA press statements in which the USA says “7th Fleet routinely operates and interacts with 35 maritime nations while conducting missions to preserve and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific Region.”
China’s Law of the Sea violations have been argued by human rights advocates as amounting to vast human rights crimes like starvation and death of many Asians, including China’s so-called “friends”, just ordinary fisher-folk in the DPRK, and the destruction of many Asian peoples’ Pacific ocean food sources.
China’s bullying actions in the South China Sea and the South and East Asian regions have become a vile human rights violation, says a global civil society women’s rights group which has activists and humanitarian workers across Asia.
RINJ Women on 22 March 2021 proposed a straightforward interim treaty (Download RINJ-Proposal-to-ECOSOC-for-Agreement-South-China-Sea-English-DRAFT) agreement via the United Nations, that if agreed to go forward can set aside current disputes for an interim time, and provide a sharing agreement that excludes none of the 12-nations and their 2 billion people surrounding the South China Sea, said the Women’s group Board members in a release.
“This is an Asian families issue, and because of the inherent poverty and hunger issues brought by the pandemic, it must be addressed now, we feel,” said Geraldine Frisque, a spokesperson for the RINJ group.
Explains RINJ nurse Kathy Poon in Taipei, Taiwan: “It is often not realized that states’ rival claims in the SCS do not just affect diplomatic relations, but also have negative humanitarian impacts on their citizens,” referring to Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and the DPRK, which nation’s families have directly suffered tremendously and recently because of food shortages owing to their being denied by force their traditional fisheries by China’s aggression in the South China Sea.
“Ordinary people have lost their food source when China sinks their boats for going in their own waterways to fish and find nature’s abundant food [translation],” Ms. Poon says in down-to-Earth emotional terms. “This is how many Asians see this dispute that is taking food off the table for regions that rely on fishing as a way of feeding families,” she added.
Download if you wish, important documents:
- China Naval modernization implications for US navy capabilities: Background report and issues for Congress Dec-3-2020
- Fish Stocks in the South China Sea by OceanAsia project,
- The Tragedy of Vietnamese Fishermen: The
Forgotten Faces of Territorial Disputes in the
South China Sea
- UNCLOS (e)
Geraldine Frisque says that her global group has surveyed members in all 12 countries around the South China Sea, many of whom have large community stake holders in their humanitarian activities, and they say “people are afraid there will be war“.
“One of the reasons is that China’s explanation of the so-called Nine-Dash-Line,” she continued, “cannot make any sense to anyone, as it has a baffling lack of logic that falls into the category of ancient lore derived from stupid Chinese patriarchal battles for power that ties into the independent Taiwan issue, and because of that, there cannot even be a sensible discussion. It’s madness. The nine-dash thingie is madness.”