China Plans To Seize South China Sea Island From Philippines, Says "Battle Will Be Restricted"

Tyler Durden's picture

Following Japan's proclamations that it will take over another 280 'disputed ownership' islands, it appears the increasingly dis-approved of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's path of militarism and provocation is working. As China Daily Mail reports, citing experts, China intends to take back Zhongye Island - 'illegally' occupied by the Philippines, according to the Chinese. The Chinese navy has drawn a detailed combat plan to seize the island and the battle will be restricted within the South China Sea. Philippines military is building up on the island and the Chinese see as 'intolerable' the "arrogance" relying on US support. It seems the Obama administration may have to 'not take sides' in another fight soon.


Background on the build-up...

Eugenio Bito-onon Jr, mayor of the Kalayaan island group, part of the contested Spratly islands administered by the Philippines, recently confirmed that the Western Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines has deployed new air force troops in rotation to the disputed island of Thitu, according to Jaime Laude in a report for the Manila-based Philippine Star on Jan. 5.



Known as Pag-asa in the Philippines and Zhongye island by both China and Taiwan, Thitu is the second largest in the Spratly island chain in the South China Sea and the largest of all Philippine-occupied Spratly islands.


Laude said that the air force troops were deployed to Thitu island by naval aircraft, which will give the residents of the island a chance to visit Kalayaan aboard the returning plane. He added that China's maritime expansion into the South China Sea continues to put pressure on the Philippines, and the Philippine Navy have also been stationed in the area to defend the islands.




Six countries - Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei — claim in whole or part to the South China Sea and its island chains and shoals.

And the Latest Tensions...

Via China Daily Mail (translated from Chinese media),

Relying on US support, the Philippines is so arrogant as to announce in the New Year that it will increase its navy and air force deployment at Zhongye Island, a Chinese island that it has illegally occupied for years.


It will be an intolerable insult to China


According to experts, the Chinese navy has drawn a detailed combat plan to seize the island and the battle will be restricted within the South China Sea.


The battle is aimed at recovery of the island stolen by the Philippines from China.


There will be no invasion into Filipino territories.


A report in the Philippines Star confirmed the Philippines military buildup on the island.

Source: “Sudden major move of Chinese troops this year to recover Zhongye Island by force”


Of course, claims that "battle will be restricted" are nothing but taunting and should China launch an offsensive here, we suspect the already dry and brittle tinder box in the South (and East) China Sea could rapidly escalate.

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Rising Sun's picture

with that fucking pussy in the White House, this is just another check on China's to-do list


fuck you Barry - useless tit

ebworthen's picture

I can just see Hillary bowing to a Chinese Premiere while promising Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, and South Korea that we "have their back" and won't let this go any further.

I wonder if she'll step off a plane waving a piece of paper in the air?

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

China has a lot of nerve claiming those island so far from their country and so close to others.

That would be like Poland claiming the Ukraine because they owned a lot of it in the 1500s - 1600s.

Or Arabs claiming to own Israel.  Or Mexico to own Texas (they may in 50 years...).  Or Spain to own Peru.  Or Mongolia to own Kazakhstan.  Or Portugal to own Brazil.


DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Or since WE have the US Navy, maybe WE should just claim the ENTIRE S CHINA SEA beyond the countries' 12 mile limits...

El Viejo's picture

Thanx to all the CEOs that made China what it is today.

zaphod's picture

This was government policy, CEOs just follow what they are told is legal.

It started with Nixon who btw was on the red-team. This is why I hate both teams.

PrecipiceWatching's picture

Nixon was a Republican, but not consistently by any stretch, on the "Red team".



Yenbot's picture

RINO: Republican in name only. He gave Vietnam to Ho and went to China to bend over for Mao. He gave us the EPA. He killed the gold standard, gave us the plumbers- and killed the space program. There were two red teams at the time. He gave the US to Team #2.

lasvegaspersona's picture

Nixon's sins pale in comparison to Rooseveldt. He decided that the state was more important than the men in it. He claimed their real assets (gold) in the name of his progressive notion of statism. It was he who made the folks in DC feel superior to the folks in Peoria.

macholatte's picture


Or Arabs claiming to own Israel.  Or Mexico to own Texas (they may in 50 years...).  Or Spain to own Peru.  Or Mongolia to own Kazakhstan.  Or Portugal to own Brazil.


Sorry Do Chen, but, ah, The Arabs do claim to own Israel, Mexico claims it owns most of the western US, not sure about the others.


If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.

Albert Einstein


Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

Mark Twain

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

Will Rogers



DoChenRollingBearing's picture

All of the above USED to own the land in question (and not anymore) was my point.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

China is not going to do shit about anything.  The US military is larger than the next 10 countries COMBINED.  The US military is absolutely nothing to fuck with.  The US public may be clueless, but China knows its hand is very limited.

den_by's picture

Militarty budget is the largest, but not the military, these are two different things. When bombs start flying , you don't need money, but men, ammo and equipment, and Chinese can produce it 10 times cheaper then we do. We can't even produce a plane without chinese parts.

Manthong's picture

Kerry will show'em.

He will throw his medals over the Great Wall.


old naughty's picture

"China has a lot of nerve claiming those island so far from their country and so close to others."

Well, drills at home...drills away.

Let's do a restricted battle there. I push my buttons, you push yours. 

Oh, if there's a fault or submerged volcano, all for the better!

Our fear-some pawn-masters will be smiling.

War drums getting loud, folks.

GetZeeGold's picture




Evidently China hasn't seen Barry shoot skeet.

Rafferty's picture

Not only that.  The new US defense forces have been enriched to the extent that about half are now made up of minorities, immigrants looking for US citizenship and women.  As a fighting force it's been severely degraded.

Space Animatoltipap's picture

It's about conquering and strategic consequences. When the US goes to war with China how to actually conquer it? Just bombing is not enough. The US cannot even conquer Iraq or Afghanistan. It's really messy out there. And the US government and central command know it. They will choose "to manage". Meaning letting everything go to hell.

BringOnTheAsteroid's picture

"The US military is absolutely nothing to fuck with".

That my friend is why every US citizen should have trouble sleeping at night. The US nation doesn't exist anymore, it's riches have been strip mined, it's freedoms eroded, it's place in the world as a democracy becoming irrelevent. Keep buying guns and ammo people while you still can because you have in essence the biggest standing army in the world. Admittedly not very organised but with so many US citizens carrying firearms only 1 in 1000 bullets needs to hit it's target.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

Very true. The whole Nixon severing the dollar from gold thing is only partly true. It was a gold standard in name only after Roosevelt was through with it, making nixons action largely symbolic, merely removing the illusion. If you steal the people's gold and force them to turn it over to a PRIVATE group of bankers, and make it illegal to hold the very thing that supposedly backs the dollar, then it is already full blown fiat.

Spungo's picture

Technology to the rescue!

Soldiers are yesteryear. This year is all about rockets and giant explosions. 

willwork4food's picture

@dcrb-dude I like you but I got to disagree with you on this one.The US does it too. What about Hawaii? What about the many territories under US rule in the south pacific? Alot of those islands were Chinas prior to WW2.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Hawaii is a conquered nation.  China pretty much was all that for several hundred years.  The native american indians had a whole continent to themselves for thousands of years.  Things change... all the time.

mc225's picture

--Alot of those islands were Chinas prior to WW2.--


do you mean those were japan's islands prior to ww2? 

Cugel's picture

They all look alike

kralizec's picture

Should just get all the participants into one grand arena on a neutral site and battle it out "Enter the Dragon" style.



hero HNL's picture

Actually, the whole South China Sea was owned by Japan prior to

WWII. The Japanese mined them for phosphorus. That's one reason

Taiwan as Japan's former colony has claim to those islands.


After the war, Japan gave up the islands according the the San Fransico

Peace Treaty of 1951 officially terminating WWII.


HTH, hero

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

Barry will only deploy a defense if there are golf courses there.

laosuwan's picture

and bath houses

and pot

and crack

and teleprompters

and minarets

and interns who can make short forms on illustrator


Zero Point's picture

Thin as a wha?

Fuck sake man, 39% of defense spending globally, is still spent by the US alone.


mumcard's picture

How much of that cash goes into bank accounts and how much is actually used to develop defense weaponry?

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Of course the U.S. is provoking the Chinese on this and to say otherwise is to call into question everything else we do and have done to antagonize them with respect to the "string of pearls".

Let's ask Pakistan about the Port of Gwadar and the total lack of interference by NATO and the U.S.???  If we're hoping that the idle threats will get China to back down once again for old "round eyes" after more than 170 years of abuse -I think we're in for a rude awakening this time around!

And to all those guys in uniform that want to participate after the fiasco they've created for themselves and the rest of the World in the Middle East -you might want to think about that one very carefully!

willwork4food's picture

+10. Those guys in uniform that joined so they could get a good college education will get an education, but it won't be in college.


Fish Gone Bad's picture

+1 The sailors on the Ronald Reagan have gotten quite the lesson on radiation poisoning!

Cugel's picture

The problem for China isn't the US, it's the rest of Asia. The reason the US held so much power in Asia is that no Asian country will tolerate an Asian hegemon other that itself. They can grab that island but when the riots end they'll have lost their fifth column in the Philippines and possibly beyond. Momentum will demand a followup, but there's no place to go. This is not a winning strategy for them.

Zero Point's picture

Be funny if Vietnam stuck their hand up as well.

I actually can imagine Vietnam allying themselves more with the Phillipines than with their ancient enemy, China.

Muppet Pimp's picture

All the vietnamese I know call themselves chinese and claim China is going to take over the world.  Anecdotal, just sayin

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

And why wouldn't the Vietnamese want to stay under the "love umbrella" of the United States Government with TPP and new military bases on their soil?

After all. Nothin says lovin like...

- Nearly 3 million Vietnamese murdered with Uncle Sam's helpin hands in that conflict to stop the spread of "terrorism" communism.

- More dynamite and napalm dropped on that Country in less than 10 years than was dropped on Europe and the Pacific in WWII.

- Cancer rates from all the wonderful Dow products (among others) that still contribute to birth defects and cancer that affects 1 in 5 with a mortality rate to match 39 years later due to the toxins in the soil and water.

What's not to love?

Yenbot's picture

And nothin' says lovin' like kickin' Ho when he's down: unbeknownst to most Americans is the fact that China INVADED VIETNAM AFTER THE AMERICANS LEFT. No Vietnamese will ever say Muppetcrap like Pimp is spewin', see:

Zero Point's picture

LOL. Beat me to it, I was just editing my post when I saw yours.

Zwelgje's picture

LOL. AS if the border conflict between Viet Nam and China in '79 and the American war against Viet Nam are comparable.

merizobeach's picture

China invaded Vietnam.. and got their asses kicked back to China.  The Vietnamese are tough.  They're unlike people in neighboring countries, and it can take some getting used to.  That said, I thoroughly enjoyed my brief six weeks traveling the country.

After ten years of the Vietnamese kicking French ass, France went home, only to be replaced by America, who themselves wanted ten years of getting their own asses kicked.  The Vietnamese all along taking a Rocky-esque pounding, and enduring, then fend off China and finally have their homeland to themselves.  But they weren't quite finished because there was this psychotic, Chinese-allied dictatorship genociding its people next door, so before the Vietnamese army rested, they went next door and evicted the Khmer Rouge, re-establishing the Cambodian monarchy.  I understand that there is a lot of historical animosity between the various tribes of SE Asia, but I applaud the Vietnamese for going far out of their way and restoring peace to the region at incredible cost.

With regard to the earlier comment about the three million murdered, there was an additional three million that died of cancers and poisoning, and an additional three million babies stillborn or born with defects.  I don't know any stats about maimings, orphanings, etc.  But I can say that the war museum in Saigon is as educational as it is horrific; there ought to be a documentary of the place, particularly the dioxin wing, for those who will never visit there.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Well said brother.

What most ignorant Americans still don't know or understand is that Ho Chi Minh was willing to accomodate the American military in his back yard after WWII if they would agree to keep the French out of Vietnam.

Truman would not make that a reality.  And we should be asking the question -Why?

What did we get instead sixteen years later for not making that a reality?  59,000 dead Americans and 3 million dead (enemy non-combatants)/communists, civilians.

Zero Point's picture

Fuck me, the Vietnamese I went to school with hated China WAY more than the US.

Mind you, they'd fled the Commies in boats, so I guess my anecdotal sample is as useless as yours.

China actually invaded Vietnam AFTER the US pulled out, as part of their long struggle with the USSR, who had far more influence on Vietnam.

But, you know, your friends call themselves Chinese and all.

Mine Is Bigger's picture

Even China's claim to the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands seems to be based merely on the islands mentioned in historical documents.  Mongolia has a stronger case for claiming parts of Europe than that!

onewayticket2's picture

"I spent Christmas Eve, 1968 on that island...they love me there"

John Kerry

knukles's picture

Oh, the memories of Purple Hearts and staple removers.

Manthong's picture

Cool.. great apocalyptic mix..

If I was a Flip, I would not be holding my breath for B.O. to take a stand against the Great Creditor.

He will likely say it’s just time to chill with a cool San Miguel and a warm balut.

TruthInSunshine's picture

But does Charlie's friend surf?