Last week was a busy one in the South China Sea. First, the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen did a sail-by near Beijing’s artificial islands to assert “freedom of navigation.”
Next, a UN-backed arbitration court said it will hear a complaint from the Philippines against Beijing’s overbearing territorial claims in resource-rich waters that are also important to international shipping.
It’s been an issue that has been brewing for some time made worse by:
Beijing’s rapid building of man-made islands, which has alarmed its neighbors, especially the Philippines.
Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei also have competing territorial and jurisdictional claims in the area but its Beijing who has been upsetting everyone because it claims most of the South China Sea as its own.
Hence why you may of seen memes like the one above and the one here below which was posted in the Asian Alliance against China Facebook group which has a large following, especially among Filipinos, Vietnamese, Japanese and Indians.
As to why so many people in the region are upset by Beijing’s activities, a U.S. Navy Admiral described it well in July.
“The South China Sea is front and center in the tug-of-war between the majority of regional nations that want to maintain the status quo and China that wants to change it to suit its narrow self-interest,” Harris said, according to the South China Morning Post.
“Rather than pursing diplomatic actions to address their disputes, China is changing tactics through aggressive coercive island building without meaningful diplomatic efforts toward dispute resolution or arbitration,” he said.
“While Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Taiwan have also conducted land reclamation in the South China Sea, their total — approximately 100 acres [40 hectares] over 45 years — is dwarfed by the size, scope, and scale of China’s massive build-up. In only 18 months, China has reclaimed almost 3,000 acres.”
Among Beijing’s other territorial claims are those against Japan in the East China Sea and India on the eastern sector of the Himalayas.
Given the above and how China is ruled by an abusive communist regime, then, yeah, you have the making of a meme or two. The following here are more from the Asian Alliance against China Facebook group and the Free China Memes Facebook page.