China Nine-Dash-Line is not malice but likely is hysterical fanaticism

“Aggression events of an hysterically fanatic CCP, against 40 countries surrounding the South China Seas, imperil seafood supply to families and suppress the flow of goods,” claims a global civil society women’s rights group about growing aggression in the South China Sea. The women have proposed a formula for an interim cooperation agreement to the United Nations  and to the parties in the SCS dispute.

On the basis of some coral and rock occasionally jutting above the water surface of the South China Sea, China claimed, just after WWII, ninety percent of the 3.5 million square kilometers of  the South China Sea as its own ‘indisputably sovereign’ territorial waters, according to a book by noted author, Robert D. Kaplan.

Australia said it succinctly in mid 2020: There is “no legal basis for China to draw straight baselines connecting the outermost points of maritime features or ‘island groups’ in the South China Sea”.

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Tye ships that have he Duterte regime's knickers in a twist Whitsun Reef China Fishing boats are “a concern due to the possible overfishing and destruction of the marine environment, as well as risks to safety of navigation,” a Philippines government statement declared. As both the DPRK and China have made menacing moves against Japan, like China’s alleged sovereignty airspace violations against Japan and and the DPRK’s ballistic missile launches yesterday, the Philippines, two weeks after they first appeared, became annoyed at the Chinese fishing boats, some manned by former Manila-based Chinese owned massive gambling Casinos that were bring scads of money to the Philippines from Chinese gamblers not allowed to gamble at home. Then came the pandemic and many gambling casino men got the ouster. Many are on those boats according to doctors and nurses who have treated some of them and their women for an outbreak of a minor but uncomfortable venereal disease. Photo: Twitter.  Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto / Feminine-Perspective Magazine

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has asked China to remove upward of 180 Chinese fishing trawlers, he describes as militia, in his statements, from Whitsun Reef, a shallow coral reef about 175 nautical miles west of Bataraza in Palawan Province, Philippines.

China said, “No.”

Hence the Philippines Navy launched additional naval and air sovereignty sorties, according to an official statement, backed independently by the US Department of National Defense. This has all gone down as Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un have publicly joined forces as China flies aggression missions against Taiwanese and Japanese airspace and Kim Jong-un launched a couple of disturbing ballistic missiles to rile Japan, reports the US State Department and the US DoD. Two missiles flew 64 kilometers high and traveled around 450 kilometers, landing in the Sea of Japan.

China has responded saying the fishing vessels are harbouring from weather despite the vessels being there nearly three weeks through some pretty sunny weather, notes observers on the coast of the Philippines.

“I wish the Australians had said logical instead of legal,” said Simon Baldock, FPMag’s quintessential Israeli security analyst from Tel Aviv.

“But the Australians are no less correct. It is certainly illegal what the Chinese and Taiwan are doing in claiming overriding territorial rights against nations close to their claimed coral and turf reefs. There is plenty of clear law set out in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea,” he added from his office in a Zoom interview. “But neither China nor the USA abide the Convention on the Law of the Sea,” he added.

“Since UNCLOS is the basis of modern international law of the sea, the U.S. should ratify the Convention in order to more effectively exercise leadership from within the ranks, not just from outside them. Citing Testimony of Peter A. Dutton: On China’s Maritime Disputes in the East and South China Seas before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Committee, April 4, 2013.

“China’s behaviour shows a lack of good sense and judgment, it is purely fanatical ribaldry between two Chinese political enemies. The South China Seas claims it makes are so illogical, they are grade-school childish to the world, but crazed core values to fanatical covens of dark doctrinal madness dating back almost a century. This is a fanatical hatred obsession between corrupt Chairman Mao Zedong proponents and the corrupt Chiang Kai-Shek Chinese Nationalist Party that was driven from Beijing and went to rule Taiwan after WWII. The doctrine is oblivious to the world and oblivious to reality. It’s an extremely bitter fight between China and Taiwan. It is that simple.” Baldock added.

The Constitutional Rights Foundation in the United states believes that “Chiang’s Kuomintang government was filled with incompetent and corrupt officials. The people especially hated the tax collectors, who were commonly called “blood-sucking devils.” Chiang himself held dictatorial powers, but his orders were often ignored. He had little success in rallying Chinese nationalism to win an unpopular war against the Communists. Chiang’s decision to go to war against the Communists in 1946 came at the cost of postponing the economic reconstruction of China. This meant diverting tax revenues, investment, and other resources to the war effort rather than to the needs of the people. Heavy taxes, a huge government debt, inflation, unemployment, and food shortages caused many, especially in the cities, to lose faith in the Nationalist government.”

Nobody has queried in the past five years is able to accept the disingenuous logic of Beijing on this nine dash line. There is none.

“It could be the end of China’s mercurial rise to prominence and glory,” said a cruise line CEO who didn’t want to be identified because of his business relations with China. “Does anyone want to deal with stupidity during these difficult times? ‘No.’,” he added.

The Nine Dash Line is Fanaticism that is based on a political war between the CCP and the Nationalist Kuomintang Party. Now, that equates to China and Taiwan.

Or maybe it really is as Robert D. Kaplan describes,Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific”. Kaplan is on Foreign Policy Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers


The 11-Dash Line

The nine dash line was actually an eleven dash line created by Chinese geographer Yang Huairen on maps by the Chinese Nationalist Party or ‘Nationalist Kuomintang” as it was called in the years before WWII.

Nearly 300 pieces of coral, rock and turf  were catalogued laboriously by Yang, given names and grids and he thereafter called this aggregate mess the ‘South China Sea Islands’, in 1947. That was the first cartographic suggestion that these burbling things in and out of water were occupied and owned by China, according to Kaplan’s book and other historic records of note.

That get’s worse. In 1947-1948, historians say, the 21st Century ruling party, the Communist Party of China (CCP), under Chairman Mao Zedong, ousted Chiang Kai-Shek’s  Nationalist Kuomintang Party from government which then fled and became the ruler of Taiwan.

In the meantime, the CCP turned on Chinese geographer Yang Huairen saying his theories were nonsense and persecuted Yang Huairen for being a member Nationalist Kuomintang Party.

“They didn’t respect history,” said a noted Chinese scholar, Wang Ying,  about the international tribunal which in July 2016 ruled the Chinese South China Seas claim null and void.

What is particularly strange about this comment is that here is no cartographic history, as Kaplan and other researchers have pointed out.  In fact during the entire Ming Dynasty, says Kaplan, China walked away from the sea and there are no records of any of these rocks, coral or turf being occupied by a human, adds Kaplan in his book.

“What is likely the greatest truth in all this is that because there are no records, everyone can and is telling a lie about their possession.”

China has built many islands, notes JSTOR , and has claims since the 17th century of gains made during wars. But it is not alone.  The Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia also have solid claims to some actual real estate in the South China Seas that China stole in 2012.

A 500 page ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague in favour of the Philippines almost says, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”.

(International tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) Permanent Court of Arbitration )
China's “nine-dash line” is invalid

China gets trounced. Photo Credit: Source supplied (Permanent Court of Arbitration)
Photo Art: Rosa Yamamoto

The photo and its story: International tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) Permanent Court of Arbitration announced in 2016 that, “having found that certain areas are within the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, the Tribunal found that China had violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone by:
(a) “interfering with Philippine fishing and petroleum exploration”,
(b) “constructing artificial islands” and
(c) “failing to prevent Chinese fishermen from fishing in the zone””
  1. Download the Civil Society South China Sea Agreement Proposal which could walk this issue back to a peaceful resolution.
  2. Download if you wish, the referenced Convention on the Law of the Sea: UNCLOS
  3. Download: Explanation of the July 2016 court decision in favour of the Philippines
  4. Download The 500 pg Decision in favour of the Philippines

“I totally agree with the response of our (Beijing) government,” (which was to deny the authority of any and all courts in the matter) said Wang Ying, a Chinese marine geographer and member of the prestigious Chinese Academy of Sciences is a devoted intellectual understudy of Yang Huairen. Then she said that, “the matter is one of pure science”.

There are more strokes of madness in this bizarre folly.

  1. The only thing in science that truly matters is the thing proven, and proof of ownership does not derive from a count of rocks, corals and water rat’s asses slithering over the rocks.
  2. “Where’s the science, Wang Ying? Where’s the logic,” one might ask reading the sage predictions in Kaplan’s books.
  3. Most analysts seem to think that Dr. Ying is embroiled in the CCP fanaticism against the  ‘Nationalist Kuomintang” and the masterful Chiang Kai-Shek.
  4. In 1952, the 11 dash line dropped to nine when Chairman Mao Zedong, reported Time Magazine  decided he would not take the obviously Vietnamese Gulf of Tonkin. But if that is the strength of ownership of anything within those nine-dash lines, there logically is none, it is no more than a grouping of things China planned to steal, and it did.
  5.  Because the nine dash line had its roots in the work of Chiang Kai-Shek’s ‘Nationalist Kuomintang“, it, Taiwan, owns the theories, the rocks, turf and coral.
  6. When Taiwan first made a reciprocal claim against China, using its nine dash line, the CCP leadership was blowing fanatical gaskets. It rescinded its condemnation of Yang Huairen and adopted the nine-dash line to itself.

“If anyone can imagine a fanatical American Republican Party sending Proud Boys into the US Capitol Building to unseat the Democrats, they should apply that to the CCP (think China) and the Nationalist Kuomintang (think Taiwan) and the ownership of the South China sea. In reality, both rely on the nine-dash-line out of sheer fanatical hatred for each other,” quipped nurse Sara Qin in Shenzhen, when asked by what medical science students thought about the growing cacophony over the nine dash line.

The antithesis to the fanatic theory.

‘While China’s aggressions in the South China Sea are building tensions,’ paraphrasing the Observer Research Foundation remarks in August 2020, “Xi Jinping has made a similar claim on the Pamir region of its north western neighbour Tajikistan. China has laid claim to the former Soviet Central Asian Republic’s Pamir region, known for gold, silver, copper, tungsten, mica, gem stones and hydrocarbon resources, even uranium.”

“That becomes an indicator that China’s CCP is nothing more than an opportunistic corrupt authoritarian bully, exploiting irrational theories and not a fanatically religious adherent to Mao,” suggests Baldock who says he has studied the dichotomy of recent history extensively and with great interest.

“Actually neither theory seems to indicate anything but a corrupt authoritarian bully,” said Baldock in conclusion.

Perhaps the world needs to impose upon the bully.

  1. Download the Civil Society South China Sea Agreement Proposal which could walk this issue back to a peaceful resolution if the world imposes it upon China.

“It will be a Sea with agreed boundaries based upon universal principles and governed by shared responsibilities to use its resources most wisely, a Sea where fish stocks are managed collectively for the benefit of all, where the impacts of oil exploration and international shipping are alleviated and where search and rescue operations can take place unimpeded. It could happen – if a line is redrawn,” notes Bill Hayton, in “The South China Sea: The Struggle for Power in Asia”