“The United States should not provoke China in the South China Sea without expecting retaliation. “ - a ‘high ranking’ (xlation - REALLY REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT) Chinese official
Another official willing to be quoted, the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, went on: "The Chinese people do not want to have war, so we will be opposed to [the] U.S. if it stirs up any conflict. Of course, if the Korean War or Vietnam War are replayed, then we will have to defend ourselves."
This, of course, is all over the utterly unprecedented claims of China in the oceans shared with 5 other nations at least TWO of whom are close US allies, in the effort to control the natural resources (OIL) and shipping value (30%+ of all shipping on earth) there.
They have the largest fishing fleet on earth which is used to establish presence, defend it, claim reefs, manufacture them into island, manufacture the islands into harbored, fortified, bases, then expand that with airfields large enough to fly off B-52′s (9800 foot runways).
The so-called "nine-dash line" that China has drawn over most of the South China Sea — a gargantuan territorial claim that stretches about 1,200 miles from its shores — would give Beijing control over a zone that's estimated to handle about half of global merchant shipping, a third of the planet's oil shipping, two-thirds of global liquid natural gas shipments, and more than a 10th of Earth's fish catch. The Obama administration, backed by several Asian governments and entities such as the Brookings Institution, argues that such massive ocean claims at great distance from land are "inconsistent with international law."Obama’s Foreign Policy:
China has a growing military presence in the region, including the wholesale raising of islands and construction of airfields on what were once atolls. The U.S. Navy operates there as well, increasingly in concert with regional powers such as the Philippines. Two Chinese fighter jets on Tuesday intercepted and passed within 50 feet of a U.S. military reconnaissance plane.
The Obama administration, backed by several Asian governments and entities such as the Brookings Institution, argues that such massive ocean claims at great distance from land are "inconsistent with international law."