Standing on a high bluff above the
They hadn't made it far when two South Korean coast guard battle cruisers, big guns on deck, came into view from the south, powering at full speed toward the fishing boats. Suddenly the lead ship's captain leaned on his horn, a clarion so loud it could be heard for miles around.
The fishermen certainly heard it. Every one of them immediately turned their vessels north, speeding out of South Korean waters. The cruisers kept coming until finally they coasted to a stop in the fishing vessels' wakes.
Another Korean confrontation with China was over, this time with no violence. That hasn't always been the case. When coast guard officers boarded a Chinese fishing boat a few months ago, the Chinese, wielding knives, scythes and hooks, killed one and wounded several others.
For China, this is par for the course. The nation is making the ridiculous assertion that it controls virtually all of the seas from Korea all the way down to
No one, not any nation anywhere, recognizes
Watching all of this, the
The U.S. insists it has full rights to send commercial and military vessels into the
Pushed by the West to clarify its maritime position, in 1947 the
But, as it turned out, the new government embraced the map, and in recent years China has grown more assertive about that. Right now China is in a hostile standoff with The Philippines, which claims a group of shoals 124 miles off its coast -- 472 miles from China. In April, The Philippines challenged several Chinese fishing vessels at work there, and China stormed to their defense as a
All of that is utter nonsense. No other country on earth is making such absurd claims. The international Law of the Sea states: "Every State has the right to establish the breadth of its territorial sea up to a limit not exceeding 12 nautical miles" from its coast. At the same time, each state also has an "exclusive economic zone" that stretches 200 miles from its coast.
Those Philippine shoals clearly fall within that. China has no rights there.
The Philippines is not the only unhappy nation. Also upset are
Through all of this, China is blustering and threatening. It called
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