(TargetLiberty.org) – The Chinese government has been increasingly more aggressive toward its neighbors in the South China Sea. Its behavior has led to concerns it would try to invade at least one of those countries. Recently, the president of communist China made a promise.
On November 22, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke during a virtual conference of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). During his remarks, the hardline leader claimed his country isn’t looking to exert dominance over Southeast Asia or “bully” its neighbors. While his promises were hopeful, Xi’s military’s actions do little to inspire confidence.
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— CNBC Politics (@CNBCPolitics) November 22, 2021
Days before the speech, Chinese military vessels reportedly sprayed powerful streams of water at Philippine ships carrying supplies to troops in the South China Sea. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has spoken out against the communist country’s actions, asking China to respect the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which outlines the boundaries in oceans.
In addition to China’s aggression in the South China Sea, the nation has repeatedly sent its military into Taiwan’s air space. There’s an international concern the Chinese might invade the small island nation.
Until China behaves peacefully, and lives up to its words, it’s unlikely the country’s neighbors will stop worrying about a more serious conflict taking place.
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