2016-02-21 02:34:49 UTC
"South China Sea," of course, is the body of waters surrounded and bordered by mainland China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Philippines.
These guys, the Chinese, CONFUSED --- on purpose, of course --- the phrase "South China Sea" for "It is our private ocean"...
(((.... And, for pre-emption purposes, China, right after it sent missiles to the aritificial island it has built in the middle of the "South China Sea," China accused evil Americans of "militarizing the South China Sea"!!! LOL )))
But, of course, being very nice and gentle and all that, they simply tell others, BOTH INDIVIDUALS who question them and nations who challenge such a claim, NOT TO TELL LIES ABOUT CHINA AND HER HISTORICAL RIGHTS to the whole of "South China Sea."
Note: "South China Sea" is simply a phrase MAP-MAKERS or cartographers used to label a certain body of waters.... like "The Indian Ocean" or "The Pacific Ocean" or "The Gulf of Mexico" or "The Atlantic Ocean" or "The Gulf of Thailand" or "The Gulf of Oman" or "The Persian Gulf" or "The Gulf of Aden" or "The Arabian Sea," "Bay of Bengal," "Celtic Sea," "North Sea," "Norwegian Sea,"
Caribbean Sea," etc., etc., etc.
It DOES NOT MEAN THAT BODY OF WATERS BELONG TO YOU!
China CAN'T and SHOULDN'T claim roughly 90% of the "South China Sea" just like Mexico can't and shouldn't claim 90% of the "Gulf of Mexico"! NOR SHOULD THE USA, being the more powerful nation, of the two, assert that, in fact, the GULF OF MEXICO IS REALLY THE GULF OF TEXAS, and now 90% of it belongs to the USA!
Again, don't confuse map-making, cartographic labeling and tradition for YOUR OWN PRIVATE OCEANS, just because map-makers borrow a name from ONE of the nearby shores, people, names, country, etc!
This is why, I said, if my hero and genius billionaire Donald J. Trump's elected Prez of the USA, he'd order another 200-500 F-22 built, to supplement the 188 or so the USA has, and cut-back on the smaller, single-engined F-35 orders... from around 2,400 or so down to around 1,500 to 1,800 or so in the next 20 years...
After all, while the much larger F-22 is about twice as expensive, it could easily do about twice as much, too:
front line, first-call-to-engage, almost twice as powerful, roughly 500MPH faster and a couple hundred more miles in range capability, roughly 20,000 ft higher-flight-capability, it can easily carry both nuclear missiles and conventional ones, internally... it it superior to more or less all other fighter jets, including Russian ones, therefore, able to do air-to-air with any other fighter jet and do air-to-ground operations on deep missions into enemy air space with enough speed, stealth, and range to get it back out safely...