The Chinese Communist Party has not only angered Europe and the United States in terms of war-wolf diplomacy, but is also under siege at the military level. Recently, Europe and the United States have announced to send warships into the South China Sea to declare their military power, and Southeast Asian countries are also watching. Some military experts say that the Chinese Communist Party is ready to face a gunfight, or even a “wall falling down” situation. In recent years, the U.S. and Chinese ships in the South China Sea confront each other frequently, and even once a close collision.
The Philippines’ “West Philippine Sea State Working Group” issued a statement on the 20th, saying that about 220 Chinese fishing boats have been assembled in the vicinity of Ngau Yoke Reef, about 320 kilometers west of Palawan Island, and it is believed that the people on board are the maritime militia of the Chinese Communist Party.
The Philippine Department of Defense said the Chinese approach was a “clear provocation to militarize the area” and demanded that the Chinese vessels leave immediately, and the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs lodged a diplomatic protest that night.
On March 25, the Philippine military ordered the deployment of more naval vessels in the South China Sea.
Meanwhile, the latest satellite images taken by Maxar Technologies, a U.S. space technology company, show that the Chinese Communist Party is recreating “land reclamation” on Zhubi Reef, the second largest “island” in the Spratly Islands. “The project has been carried out in the South China Sea.
Countries have announced to send ships through the South China Sea
Faced with the expansion and hegemony of the Chinese Communist Party at sea, Britain, France and Germany announced earlier that they would send ships through the South China Sea to exercise the right of “freedom of navigation. U.S. and Canadian warships have also sailed in the South China Sea.
British Prime Minister Johnson announced earlier in the House of Commons that he would send an aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, to be stationed in the South China Sea; French Defense Minister Florence Parly also announced that the nuclear-powered attack submarine Emerald and the Seine would support the South China Sea. The French Defense Minister Florence Parly also announced that the nuclear-powered attack submarine “Jade” and “Seine” support ship recently passed through the South China Sea waters.
German government officials also said that one of the country’s frigates will travel to Asia in August and will pass through the disputed South China Sea on its return trip, becoming the first German warship to pass through the South China Sea since 2002.
Canadian naval vessels passed through the Taiwan Strait in January to join Australian, Japanese and U.S. maritime forces that are conducting military exercises in nearby waters.
Photos uploaded by the Australian Navy on March 25 show the frigate ANZAC and the supply ship Sirius conducting passage exercises in the South China Sea. They will also participate in several bilateral and multilateral events, including a French-led exercise in the northern Indian Ocean.
The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command also said on the 23rd that the U.S. Navy’s SHIELD cruiser USS Bunker Hill completed a passage exercise with the ANZAC in the Indian Ocean on the 10th, demonstrating the interoperability of the U.S. and Australian forces and an example of the relationship between the two countries.
Western world joins forces to besiege Chinese Communist Party
Huang Dong, a military expert, told Apple Daily that the announcement of multinational warships entering the South China Sea is not only a declaration of military power to the Chinese Communist Party, but also a reflection that the entire Western world is in a state of unity, whether diplomatic, economic, military or technological, and will target the Chinese Communist Party, forming a cold war atmosphere.
Huang Dong said that some ASEAN countries, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia, have sovereignty disputes with the CCP over the Spratly or Xisha Islands, but do not want to damage their domestic economies because of their heavy reliance on the CCP’s economy. So these countries are waiting and watching, and once they notice that the CCP is under siege, the wall will fall down at any Time.
The report also quoted Xu Zhen, research director of Hong Kong‘s Chi Ming Institute, as saying that Germany and France have sent warships from the Atlantic Ocean to the west coast of the Pacific Ocean, spending a lot of manpower and resources, showing that they have a strong will to send a signal to the Chinese Communist Party. It also shows to the world that NATO is still very united even though they have disputes with Britain and the United States.
U.S. and Chinese Warships Near Collision in South China Sea
In recent years, the Chinese Communist Party has reclaimed islands in the South China Sea, seeking to increase its influence in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait, and seeking to expand its claims of sovereignty, prompting alarm from neighboring countries and the West.
The U.S. and Western navies have been increasingly active in the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea, with U.S. warships sailing through the Taiwan Strait a total of 13 times in 2020, an average of more than one per month, the highest number in the past 14 years.
The U.S. Seventh Fleet publicly stated in May 2019 that the USS William P. Lawrence, a U.S. destroyer, sailed with The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Indian Navy, and the Philippine Navy as the four nations joined forces to pass through the South China Sea. This action has a strong implication of warning the Chinese Communist Party.
The U.S. Seventh Fleet is the largest front-line force in the U.S. Navy, with about 50 to 70 ships and submarines, as well as 140 aircraft and 20,000 officers and men, providing security in the free and open Indo-Pacific region with allies.
On Sept. 30, 2018, U.S. and Chinese warships nearly scuffled in the South China Sea. The USS Decatur, a U.S. destroyer on a freedom of navigation mission in the South China Sea, was approaching 12 nautical miles from the South Kaohsiung Reef and Chigua Reef, over which the Communist Party of China (CPC) has declared sovereignty, when the USS Lanzhou approached the Decatur to intercept it, with the closest distance between the two sides being 41 meters.
In response to the Chinese warship’s approach to the USS Carter, former U.S. Navy Captain Carl Schuster exclaimed, “It’s very dangerous, and if a ship comes within 1,000 yards, the captain will be very nervous.” He said the captain has only a few seconds to react if he wants to change course.
U.S.-China military friction sessions have repeatedly occurred, with military aircraft from both sides having engaged in close encounters in the South China Sea; in February 2017, a U.S. Navy P-3C anti-submarine reconnaissance aircraft and a Chinese Air Marshal 200 early warning aircraft, met over Huangyan Island in the South China Sea, less than 1,000 feet apart, causing the U.S. aircraft to have to change course to ensure it would not collide.
U.S. allies have also sent ships to the South China Sea
In August 2018, echoing the U.S. freedom of navigation, the HMS Albion, a British amphibious destroyer with a displacement of nearly 20,000 tons, entered the South China Sea and was followed by a frigate and two helicopters.
In January 2019, the British frigate HMS Argyll sailed again in the waters off the Xisha Islands, then joined the USS McCampbell in Japan for a joint mission in the South China Sea. McCampbell in the South China Sea to address common security priorities.
The Canadian Navy has also been active in the Taiwan Strait in 2019, with the Royal Canadian Navy frigates HMCS Regina and HMCS Ottawa sailing through the Taiwan Strait. Another frigate, HMCS Winnipeg, also passed through the Taiwan Strait from south to north in October 2020.
France has also shown its strength in the South China Sea: on April 6, 2019, the French cruiser Vendemiaire passed through the Taiwan Strait, stating that it was passing through the waters “non-aggressively” to defend the right to freedom of navigation at sea.
In February 2021, the French nuclear-powered submarine SNA Emeraude and its support ship BSAM Seine crossed the South China Sea, claiming to be sailing under the rules of international law. French Defense Minister Florence Parly has stated that she will cooperate with the naval forces of Australia, the United States and Japan on a long-term basis.
Not only on the military level, but also on the diplomatic front, as the Chinese Communist Party’s all-out war-wolf diplomacy has angered Europe and the United States. Twenty-seven countries in the European Union, as well as more than 30 countries including the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, issued a statement on March 22 announcing sanctions against Chinese officials for human rights issues in Xinjiang, China.
This is the first time the West has taken joint action against the Chinese Communist Party, and the first time the EU has sanctioned Beijing over human rights issues since the June 4 massacre of the Chinese Communist Party in 1989. Analysis shows that the Western countries have formed an atmosphere of embracing and blocking the Chinese Communist Party.