Pacific Rim Deal Could Reduce Chance of Unintended Conflict in Contested Seas

The article titled “Pacific Rim Deal Could Reduce Chance of Unintended Conflict in Contested Seas” in The New York Times newspaper provides a promising solution for the prolonged maritime conflicts among the Pacific countries, particularly China, Japan and the United States. The author builds ethos at the beginning of his article by referring to the confirmation from the experts. They affirm that a new naval code recently approved by all the Pacific countries will reduce the risk of dangerous encounters between the navies of these nations. However, the author added that Beijing’s disapproval of President Obama’s stance on controversial island of China and Japan indicates that the current maritime tensions are likely to continue. He then starts explaining about the Sensaku or Diaoyu Island, which is the cause of this controversy. China and Japan have long been in conflicts over the possession of this Island. President Obama has, however, recently intensified this dispute by claiming the island to be under US-Japanese treaty. To make matters worse, he argued that no “unilateral” attempts to undermine Japan’s administration of these islands will be allowed. His assertion apparently conveys the challenge to the Chinese government. Similarly, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affair responded with no less intensity. He suggested politely but satirically that the United States “should respect the facts, in a responsible manner, that they should not choose sides over a territorial sovereignty issue, be cautious on words and deeds, and earnestly play a constructive role for peace and stability in the region.”

Since The New York Times is an American newspaper, it is difficult for the author to end his stories with the above response. He thus shifts to describe the current situations in the Pacific region, all of which frame China as a dangerous and offensive nation. For instance, he reports that Chinese warships are using radar to target weapons on a Japanese military vessel, and currently cut within 100 yards of the American cruiser. Although the author finally moves back to the naval code issue and insist on the effectiveness of this action, he can’t help adding that China does not seem willing to participate due to the concern about its own economic interest. Accordingly, although this new story is meant to report the solution to all the conflicts, it actually provokes the American’s discontent towards China even more.

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