Through its representatives to the United Nations (UN), the Japanese government sent an informative note referring to the controversial conflict in the South China Sea. The message assures that the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) claims to some islands and reefs does not comply with the conditions agreed in the UN convention. It also accuses the CCP of not respecting the stipulated freedoms of navigation and overflight in the area.
As one of the nations marking a militarized presence in the conflict zone, Japan has joined a battle of diplomatic notes over the South China Sea dispute, adding to the pressure on Beijing. According to the South China Morning Post, the CCP claims that it is continuously expanding in the strategically vital waterway.
The message sent by the Japanese government states that the drawing of China’s territorial sea baselines on relevant islands and reefs in the South China Sea does not comply with the conditions set out in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The CCP tried for years to claim most of the South China Sea territory by various means until a Hague tribunal in 2016 ruled to reject the claims.
Considering the Hague ruling, Japan asserted in its note that “China has not accepted the (2016) ruling and has asserted that it has ‘sovereignty’ in the sea and airspace surrounding and above the maritime features found at low-tide elevations.”
Japan’s stance would have been welcomed and indeed supported by the United States if President Trump’s administration was in office, as he maintained a critical and active stance against the CCP’s outrages in the conflict zone, even with a robust military presence.
Also, President Trump managed to maintain a good alliance relationship with the Japanese government, always supporting each other in terms of defense against the advances of the CCP.
In 2020, when tensions in the South China Sea and East Sea increased considerably, the United States and Japan maintained a fluid dialogue to implement joint strategies in both powers’ geopolitical actions.
Following a ministerial meeting at the height of the pandemic in July last year, Japan, the United States, and Australia signed a Joint Statement highlighting the need for joint action to mitigate tensions without allowing the CCP to advance into the South and East China Seas.
Through this meeting, the ninth between the three countries, the nations reaffirmed their joint commitment to enhance security, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region per their shared values and long-standing alliances, and close partnerships.
The CCP had to face severe international pressure from countries allied to the Trump administration during 2020 for its perverse actions not only regarding the South China Sea but also for its responsibility for the CCP virus pandemic, its outrages in the global economy, allegations of labor exploitation and persecution of religious minorities, and many other issues.
The new administration of Joe Biden has proven connections to the CCP and a common globalist agenda. It is a mystery as to how he will balance these issues and position himself in the face of the CCP’s outrages.