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    Washington Must 'Stop Playing Chicken in the South China Sea'

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    The US needs to focus on its own problems rather than provoke China in the South China Sea, US politician Cynthia McKinney wrote.

    Geostrategically important sea lanes in the South China Sea are just one line of contention in the US strategy of "playing a dangerous game of 'chicken' with the Chinese and Russians," US politician Cynthia McKinney wrote in RT on Friday.

    "Sadly, somewhere in Washington, D.C. a tiny group of insiders is itching for a war with China and Russia," warned McKinney, a former Democratic member of the US House of Representatives from Georgia and Green Party presidential candidate.

    In the article, entitled, 'What is America doing in the South China Sea?' the former Congresswoman wrote that "Both the Russians and the Chinese know that Washington has declared war on them. So now, what does this mean for Asians' engagement with each other and Washington’s engagement in Asia?"

    China's vision for Asia, including the New Silk Road initiative, envisions a peaceful integration of the region, according to McKinney, but the US blocks Asian-led efforts at integration with provocations such as sending "a steady stream of warships into the area claiming its right to navigate on the high seas," McKinney wrote.

    ​On Friday Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hun Lei responded to a statement from Admiral Harry Harris, commander of US Pacific Command, who said on Thursday that the US would ignore a possible declaration from China of a Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea.

    "I would find that destabilizing and provocative," Harris said.

    "We would ignore it, just like we’ve ignored the ADIZ that they’ve put in place in the East China Sea."

    The next day China's spokesman responded to Harris' announcement, saying that "The US military official seemed very busy these days … wherever he went, he kept talking about the South China Sea, smearing China's justified and reasonable actions there, sowing discord and making excuses for the US' exercise of hegemony and show of force in the South China Sea."

    "However, a fallacy, repeated a thousand times, will not turn into truth. Facts are facts. China's reasonable deployment of limited defense facilities in the South China Sea is not 'militarization,'" Hun Lei said, denying the US claim.

    "As for whether China will declare an ADIZ, it depends on whether China's air safety is threatened. The current situation in the South China Sea is generally stable. We hope that the US military would stop playing up the issue of the South China Sea, stop hyping up tensions and stop showing off military might in the South China Sea," Hun Lei said.

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    • avatar
      jas
      The entire political system of the West needs to be overhauled. The current one allows a few rich people to control everything.
    • avatar
      armor
      Times they are a'changing : Us of NA , please take note, just accept the multi-polar world and your place will be assured and people will possibly start loving you again. Just show a little humility, see how others act and project themselves to the world and to their peoples. Then finally, IN GOD WE TRUST......
    • siberianhusky
      American not afford or is capable to have a long distance war short of a all out nuclear pissing contest. Any long distance war will leave other commitment so exposed that they will lose it all.

      As for China the US Navy cannot get close to the Chines shores because the Dong Feng 21-D 1500km range, the carrier killer, will keep the Navy ships, carriers and there planes so far from the shore that is has no role to play.

      www.usni.org/news-and-features/chinese-kill-weapon.

      This is 5 years old do you really think that the Chinese have been sitting on their hands since then? Bet you that they now have more of them and the new improved version of it
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