When the Europeans embarked on their conquest of the world, to colonise the world, the rule of the game was that might was right. They went about with their gunboats and cannons to rob, loot, rape and seize countries occupied by the natives they claimed to be savages, and they were given God’s power and blessing to take their lands and everything, including their lives.
The European practically seized every corner of the earth regardless of
the objections and protests of their owners. Being newly industrialized
countries, with new technologies and weapons, they just ran down the
natives as sub humans. The natives have no rights to their land and
possessions. The Europeans were there to take them away and to rule
There is a new kind of colonialism raising its ugly heads in the South
China Sea. The difference, the colonialists were new nations that were
once colonized, new states given independence by their former colonial
masters. Now they are out to seize islands in the South China Sea. They
did not know that these islands were there since time immemorial. They
just knew, as they did not have the skills and technology to discover
the existence and where about of these islands till they were given
independence and starting to acquire some wealth and technology to
discover the existence of such islands. They did not know that the
islands were claimed by China centuries ago, centuries before they
became independent nations of today.
Their ignorance of history, of the ownership of the islands are good
enough reasons to claim these islands as theirs, and like the Europeans,
totally ignored the rights of their owners. They are claiming their
rights based on a new law set by a new organizations called UNCLOS. They
demanded that the new laws take precedent over historical rights of
Another big difference is that the new countries were not the invincible
Europeans running roughshod over the poorly equipped and armed natives.
These little countries are trying to seize the islands of China, a
super power with enough power to colonise them if needed to. What an
irony? Little countries trying to colonise the territories of a bigger
nation and power and think they could get away with it. Even the mighty
Europeans had to return most of their colonized land except those that
owned by smaller and weaker countries that they could over powered.
Would this new colonization of China’s islands in the South China Sea ended in the favour of the new little colonial powers?