China’s lies mask tactics of starvation, humbling Asians, “a level of oppression to which Xi Jinping has apparently sunk,” says a highly experienced humanitarian worker who left Southeast Asia to work in Venezuela in 2014.
“Venezuelans are starving,” says the nurse and humanitarian Michele Francis from the Amazon Basin of Venezuela where she manages three clinics and a small hospital for The RINJ Foundation.
by Sharon Santiago and Micheal John
Fishermen on the coast of Philippines overlooking the south China Sea / West Philippines Seas. 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. The daily lives of millions of fishermen who face capture, death and property seizures in their traditional domains in the SCS. Photo Credit: Micheal John/FPMag
The daily lives of millions of fishermen who face capture, death and property seizures by China in their traditional domains in the SCS. Photo Credit: Micheal John/FPMag
“Hunger, fear and deprivation seems to be a compendium of things that evil men do to control populations. Look where the deprived people of Venezuela and Yemen have arrived, and I imagine that this horrid state is where Xi Jinping and he Communist Party of China wants to send the people of Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines, without a care,” said Francis in a Zoom interview.
“The daily lives of millions of fishermen who face capture, death and property seizures in their traditional domains in the SCS. 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,” citing ResearchGate, The-Tragegy-of-Vietnamese-fishermen
“I really want to stress there is no greater humiliation; no worse suffering; no greater hopelessness than hunger, ” she said.
“Now I want to move that scale up to millions of South Pacific Asians,” added the humanitarian worker, “because that is what is happening as China uses its military might to oppress the rights of millions of ordinary Asians who would normally be trying to continue centuries of tradition, harvesting their food from the sea. But now they have no food. Now there is no food for their villages; for their babies; for their survival.”
“And it is not just about preventing local fishermen, “it is also about some 20,000 Chinese fishing boats stealing the fish, bolstered by generous subsidies and at times protected by armed coast guard cutters, Chinese fishermen have been illegally fishing near the Korean Peninsula and in the South China Sea, a hotly contested area claimed by six countries. By exploiting these waters China has come to dominate the international squid market. Nearly half of this catch is exported to other Asian nations, Europe and the United States.” Citing Blake Earle, Texas A&M University in US-China fight over fishing is really about world domination
“It is these East and South China Sea Asians upon whom China is inflicting the pain of hunger and humiliation by sinking their fishing boats; closing off their traditional fishing grounds; beating them down; and stealing their entire food supply.”
“So why am I pushing this point? Because we are talking about dangerous despotic extreme cult-zealots so power-crazed they are at a point of hysterical fanaticism, believing they have the color of right and impunity for any wrongful act they commit.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying Hua Chunying saidas a response to widespread allegations against China on Thursday that, “the US accusation that China places the interests of government over human rights is distortion of concepts. China puts people’s interests at the center. We believe that people and life always come first, and safeguard the human rights of the people. In comparison, some US politicians put partisan political interests at the center, and do not care about the lives of ordinary people. The US claims to value individual’s human rights and freedoms. If so, when the US launched an unprovoked war against sovereign countries, leading to hundreds of thousands of deaths and family separation and displacement for numerous people, did it ever care about the human rights and freedoms of the people of those countries?”
“I have seen this zealousness in Nicolás Maduro’s eyes and in the eyes of his military junta; as well I saw this in the eyes of dozens of Xi Jinping’s leadership group, and in his own eyes. Anyone who would starve populations are dangerous zealots who care not for any sentient being,” she postulated.
In a special report on 22 July 2020, NBC reported findings that “China is sending a previously invisible armada of industrial boats to illegally fish in North Korean waters, violently displacing smaller North Korean boats and spearheading a decline in once-abundant squid stocks of more than 70 percent.”
Crew and village of the Tonton went hungry as did hundreds of villages in the Philippines and in Vietnam as China pretended to launch a conservation scheme in 2020. But the scheme was a starvation tactic.
The Philippines-registered Tonton, notoriously fishing in China-Vietnam-Brunei-Philippines disputed waters since trouble began in 2015. These were Tonton waters, at one time. File Photo. Photo Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto / Feminine-Perspective Magazine
“Vietnam’s ‘traditional‘ fisheries area is [also] within China’s [claimed] economic zone and has been over-fished,” says the Chinese side.
“When Chinese boats find Vietnamese boats fishing near their islands, they sink the boats without issuing warnings,” Nguyen Viet Thang claims.
Which is the lie.
China’s official statement: “Chinese fishing vessels have been fishing in its adjacent waters for many years. Recently, some Chinese fishing vessels take shelter near Niu’ e Jiao due to rough sea conditions. It has been a normal practice for Chinese fishing vessels to take shelter under such circumstances. There is no Chinese Maritime Militia as alleged. Any speculation in such helps nothing but causes unnecessary irritation. It is hoped that the situation could be handled in an objective and rational manner.”
Photo Credit and analysis: Simularity Inc. Imagery credit: European Space Agency – produced from ESA remote sensing data.
Statement by Spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines on the Presence of Alleged Chinese Maritime Militia Vessels at Niu’ e Jiao The Chinese Embassy has taken note of the recent statement and remarks of the Philippine side on the presence of alleged Chinese Maritime Militia Vessels at Niu’ e Jiao.
Niu’ e Jiao is a part of China’s Nansha Qundao. Chinese fishing vessels have been fishing in its adjacent waters for many years. Recently, some Chinese fishing vessels take shelter near Niu’ e Jiao due to rough sea conditions. It has been a normal practice for Chinese fishing vessels to take shelter under such circumstances. There is no Chinese Maritime Militia as alleged. Any speculation in such helps nothing but causes unnecessary irritation. It is hoped that the situation could be handled in an objective and rational manner.
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of the Philippines
5:22 PM · Mar 22, 2021·Twitter