There is one good article on the other side of the fence which you will not get to read from the Western Media
This is a marvelous piece of comment from Global Times for the benefit of the followers to my alternative news blog:
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday criticized a Chinese
vessel's encounter with US guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens as
"irresponsible," and claimed the US wishes to avoid conflicts in the
South China Sea. He called on China to stay prudent.
failed to mention is that the encounter occurred on China's doorstep,
and that the US vessel trailed the Chinese aircraft carrier.
US' overbearing accusations sharply contrast with China's comparatively
late and low-profile reaction. The US has become used to its hegemony on
high seas, which international society seems to tolerate, and that
makes the US navy tend to forget the difference between the high sea and
its territorial waters, or mistake the South China Sea with the
However, the South China Sea will never be the same as
the Caribbean, thus the US navy will have to consider the national
interests and the feelings of China while cruising in the South China
Sea. The Chinese navy needs to remind the US of that difference - just
because China was not capable of asserting its interests in the past
doesn't mean it has given up this right.
Only by struggling will
China gain its proper level of rights and strategic space, and it holds
no illusions that the US will automatically cede to the Chinese Navy.
The US will never pleasantly accept China's rise regardless of how China
reaffirms its peaceful nature. China is not likely to stop advancing
for the US' sake, either.
In the future the Chinese Navy will
send more fleets further into the ocean along with the expansion of
China's interests, making more conflicts with the US possible. China
should avoid collisions of planes or ships with the US, but should also
keep its bottom line. China needs to work out emergency plans for all
possibilities. Prudence has to be used by both sides, otherwise the only
option is cowardice, which is increasingly unacceptable to Chinese
The Chinese Navy has done a good job. However, the
defense ministry hasn't been able to keep pace with the Navy's act of
deterring the US vessel. Speaking has traditionally been a weak point
for China, which should be strengthened.
We must see that China
is still at an all-round disadvantage to the US, but China is rising and
the US is in relative decline. The US is attempting to contain China's
rise within its designated frame. China doesn't intentionally challenge
the US, nor is it obliged to follow US rules.
Such conflicts are
unavoidable yet controllable, and even necessary. China's objective
should be clear, the tactics flexible, and sometimes, patience is more
important than determination.
The US has been the most common
actor to interpret "international responsibility." One day, China will
teach the US that responsibility is not as simple as the way the US sees