RELATIONS WITH CHINA: VERY VERY SIMPLIFIED

President Xi

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THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

  • THE SOUTH CHINA SEA IS CRITICAL FOR WORLDWIDE TRADE -- ABOUT 1/3 OF ALL CARGO TRANSPORTS THROUGH THE SOUTH CHINA SEA,
    IT HOUSES ABOUT 12 PERCENT OF THE WORLD'S FISHERIES, AND IT'S ESTIMATED TO HOLD 11 BILLION BARRELS OF OIL AND 190 TRILLION CUBIC FEET OF 
    NATURAL GAS

  • MANY COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING MOST INVOLVED IN THIS CONFLICT, HAVE AGREED TO THE UNITED NATION'S LAW OF THE SEAS, WHICH 
    STATES THAT A COUNTRY'S TERRITORIAL WATERS EXTENDS EXACTLY 200 MILES OFF OF THEIR SHORE; THIS IS KNOWN AS A EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE (EEZ)

    • ACCORDING TO THIS LAW, ALL RESOURCES LOCATED IN SAID EEZ BELONG TO THAT COUNTRY​

    • HOWEVER, A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA DOES NOT FALL INTO ANY EEZ, MAKING THEM INTERNATIONAL WATERS AND ALL
      RESOURCES SHARED​

  • CHINA, HOWEVER, DOES NOT AGREE TO FOLLOW EEZ, AND CLAIMS THAT OVER 90 PERCENT OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA TRULY BELONGS TO THEM

    • TO HELP SUBSTANTIATE THIS CLAIM, CHINA HAS TAKEN CONTROL OF THE SPRATLY ISLANDS, WHICH WERE VERY SMALL PILES OF SAND/ROCKS LOCATED
      NEAR THE MIDDLE OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, AND PILLED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF SAND AND OTHER MATERIALS INTO THE OCEAN TO EXPAND
      THE ISLANDS SO THEY CAN HOUSE SMALL TOWNS AND MILITARY BASES

      • BY DOING THIS, THEY ARE ATTEMPTING TO CLAIM THAT THESE NEWLY CRAFTED ISLANDS BELONG TO THEM, AND THEREFORE WOULD FALL INTO
        THEIR EEZ, DRASTICALLY EXTENDING THE CURRENTLY PROPOSED EEZ​

        • HOWEVER, IN 2016, THE HAUGE (AN INTERNATIONAL COURT), RULED THAT THE SPRATLYS ARE ROCKS, NOT LAND, AND THEREFORE DO NOT ​
          LEGALLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE EEZ; CHINA HAS IGNORED THIS RULING

  • BY IGNORING INTERNATIONAL CONSENSUS, CHINA IS STRONG-ARMING NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES LIKE VIETNAM, THE PHILIPPINES, MYANMAR, AND TAIWAN
    BECAUSE THEIR NEWLY BUILT ISLANDS WOULD INTERFERE WITH ESTABLISHED EEZs. 

  • THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES ARE KEEPING A VERY VERY CLOSE ON THE SITUATION, AS IT THREATENS THE ECONOMIES OF VARIOUS COUNTRIES, 
    IGNORES INTERNATIONAL LAW, AND INCREASES THE THREAT OF AN INVASION ON TAIWAN. 

    • WE MAY BE WITNESSING THE BEGINNING OF ANOTHER COLD WAR
       

THE UNITED STATES DESIGNATES THE ABUSE OF UYGHURS AS GENOCIDE