"U.S. military activities in the SCS have harmed China in an unnecessary way and silenced the moderates’ voice in China, while stimulating Chinese nationalism. It creates tremendous internal and external pressure for Beijing, thus forcing the country to respond aggressively. In this case, it is inevitable for China to deploy military facilities and conduct military exercises in the SCS; otherwise, the government cannot dilute the increasing domestic nationalism. As Ouyang Yujing, director general of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs of China’s Foreign Ministry, has said, the relationship between China and the United States is like a spring. The more pressure from U.S., the larger the rebound from China."
"The fact is since October 2015 the muscular actions continuously provoked and humiliated China and forced China to react."
News release from Hague on the South China Sea arbitration.
By Shen Dingli
"While forceful action represents China's will and competence, Beijing could employ a more moderate and skilled approach to present its position. Otherwise, it is prone to stir up Japan's nationalism and deepen US-Japan defence ties, which runs counterproductive to China's interests in shaping a more amicable peripheral environment."
By Feng Zhang
"A new status quo demands China clarify its strategic intentions. Right now, not even the Chinese leadership has a clear answer to that question. Among the three schools analyzed above, only the extreme hardliners have a quick, but highly destabilizing, answer. The rest of China is debating what China’s strategy toward the South China Sea should be. This is an important fact. It suggests that China’s South China Sea policy has not hardened yet, and is thus malleable."
"The law of unintended consequences is in danger of taking the upper hand. “The two sides may thus be stumbling blindly into severe crisis instability and growing competition by China with respect to strategic forces,” Lewis argues. “A competition between unevenly matched forces is inherently unstable.”"
"'We need to co-operate with China where we can and confront China where we must,” Adm Harris said in Washington last week, describing Chinese behaviour as at times “provocative and aggressive'."
"“This action by the US side threatened China’s sovereignty and security interests, endangered the staff and facilities on the reef and damaged regional peace and stability,” Lu Kang told reporters."
"'The idea is that if we were ever to get into a bust-up in the South China Sea, the Chinese would not know for sure what sort of capabilities the US might have,' says Shawn Brimley, a former White House and Pentagon official now at the Center for a New American Security. 'This might have some deterrent impact on the potential for provocative behaviour.'"
By John McCain
"time for the US to move beyond symbolic gestures and launch a robust 'freedom of the seas campaign'."
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