However, the Chinese reference could be the reference the two incidents in which Chinese and Vietnamese naval vessels exchanged fire, 1974 and 1988, both times, the Vietnamese came up short.
i was under the impression that both militaries had deteriorated since 1979 but it was just the vietnamese had deteriorated more. the 1980s weren't kind to the PLA.
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "My ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."- Isaac Asimov
In the 2nd Sino-Vietnam War, PLA officers were combat veterans, reading the Vietnamese right on more than one occasion. The PLA never made contact with the Vietnamese regiment they destroyed. They guess the time and place of the infiltration and just decided to rain steel down. It was only after that they sent out patrols that they discovered Vietnamese bodies.
And it was years after that they learned they killed an entire regiment and that was because Hanoi published it.
Chinese Views on the South China Sea Arbitration Case between the People’s Republic of China and the Philippines
by Michael D. Swaine
via China Leadership Monitor
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
The Philippines v. China arbitration case and the furor over its verdict constitute a significant development that could influence the prospects for future rivalry or cooperation in the Western Pacific. This article closely examines the viewpoints of Chinese leaders and knowledgeable observers on the arbitration case. Authoritative sources consistently indicate that China rejects the arbitration and views its verdict as detrimental to vital Chinese interests, regional stability, and international legal order. China’s categorical rejection speaks to the fundamental Sino-Western division over the application of international agreements to sovereignty issues and indicates that any effort by the US or other powers to pressure Beijing will prove futile and most likely exacerbate existing tensions in the South China Sea.
Full text for free at the link above.
Love the historical context for why the area belongs to them. Wonder why they hesitate to claim America based on the historical context that they might have possibly been here 3,000 years ago before any European.
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