Freedom of navigation a threat to who?
Who is afraid of Virgina Wolf, not the silly lamb of course. Who is afraid of lack of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea? China is the biggest trading nation in the world and should be the most afraid of lack of navigation. Would China impose restriction on freedom of navigation on others and affect is trade with the world and its reputation and its national interest? Only fools would cut their nose to spite their own face.
Why would China want to cause such friction and mess up its relations with its neighbours? Did China mess up its relations with the countries sharing common borders with China? No. China needs good relations with its neighbours to show to the world that it values peace and good relations with its neighbours and countries around the world. But the Empire, the ex colonial masters are conning their silly former colonies that they must fear China and not them, and the silly colonies believe in the lies.
Who is really afraid of freedom of navigation being curbed? Actually no one would do such a thing in this era. What would or could China do, or what would be the likelihood of China’s presence in the South China Sea? This is what the Americans are afraid of. Today, the Americans sail their navies all over the world to challenge and threaten countries it tagged as enemies or called Axis of Evil. What the Americans are afraid is that China would install military surveillance in the SCS, include anti carrier and naval ship missiles that would pose a threat to the Americans that till now, could do what it likes without being challenged and untouchable. With China’s military presence, the Americans would be watched, monitored and could be challenged and sunk if they misbehaved or tried to bully other countries.
Is this not good for small countries in the region? What have small countries got to fear when they are not in contention for military power and domination in the SCS? They are being silly to think that China would be bothered with their little warship in SCS. China only has eyes on the world hegemon, the warmonger in the USA that have been threatening every nation with their military power.
The Americans would not want China to be able to threaten their military. It could nothing to do with small nations. This is the crux of the problem on freedom of navigation. The freedom of navigation of American naval fleet, aircraft carriers, would be monitored and could be threatened by China’s anti ship missiles.
To the rest of the Asean nations, please, don’t think silly and think so highly of yourself, that China would be bothered with your little naval craft. China got no time for you. Do not fight the fight for the Americans. Freedom of navigation is between the big powers, between China and the Americans and other pretenders.
Go home and have a nice sleep and stop pretending that freedom of navigation in the SCS would affect you if you are a little nation. In fact China would court your friendship and would make things better for you to win your goodwill. China would protect and ensure freedom of navigation for everyone to promote trade and exchanges.
Stupidity cannot be cure.