Hi there. We thought it would be nice to write an article about this issue because there are very few blogs about Chinese entertainment out there, and we want to offer a platform for the readers. It is a more serious and political related post so we will try to be as unbiased as possible. A few celebrities we cover often showed their support for the movement.
On our blog, our audience is by order mostly: United States, Australia and Canada. Then, comes Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Philippines, Thailand, and Germany. Although I don’t have the distribution for the commenters, I do understand that a lot of our readers are concerned with this issue. Hence, we believe it is even more important to deliver these information. I will only give my opinion at the end of this post.
The official description of the #中国一点都不能少# tag on weibo which can be translated as: China Cannot Lose Even One Bit.
South China Sea islands belong to China since ancient times. Denying Chinese rights is like denying China’s sovereignty, that is a flagrant violation of international law. This is China, cannot lose even a bit.
Geographical Locations and allies:
China states that islands such as Dongsha, Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha (Spratly Islands) were first discovered and exploited by China. The country has been using the islands for 2000 years now and says the territory is their ancestors’. Out of the sea of 3.50 million km square, China says that 2million km square belongs to them. A big amount of that space is close to the Philippines.
It is a known fact that these waters are rich in resources. China’s fishermen had gone close to Philippines to extract resources, but were arrested by locals. It is also theorized that China wants ownership of this space to build artificial island, which will be a thread for countries around and the US.
The Hague court (an international tribunal) ruled in favor of Philippines, but Chinese government refuses to accept the ruling since the organization is not affiliated with the United Nations and none of the judges were Asian. Afterwards, China stated it has the rights to set up an air defense zone. Those statements are then followed by actions as China already did two test flights from the Mischief Reef and the Subi Reef.
Later, Beijing gave up its rights to the South China Sea by signing a United Nations convention. This could hopeful close the whole debate and end the fear of war in Asia. The U.S is backing up Philippines throughout this process. Taiwan, which is part of China, is in a tight spot since they were among the countries who initiated the complaint against Mainland China. With the successful ruling, there may be more countries that will follow the example of Philippines.
Realistically, the Hague court has no real power to set this ruling in motion. Hence, there is a high chance the Chinese government will continue to access those territories especially considering the strong feelings of its people. From a political point of view, it is a really bad thing and some people are even afraid of a World War. If China wishes to be recognized as a tier one country, it is important to forge better relationship with other countries.
Celebrities getting involved:
Many celebrities came forward and shared the hashtag #中国一点都不能少# (you can follow it here). The list of celebrities can be found here and it is a huge majority of them who expressed their support to the movement.
It is ok to like China:
Everyone should be allowed to have their own opinion. In this kind of political situation, there is no “right” opinion. We can judge China for its lack of diplomacy, but can we judge a whole nation for their beliefs? China is a lot more than what people online are trying to make out of this. Furthermore, politics is politics. Just because a celebrity decided to share their standing over the issue doesn’t make them stupid, bad or controlled by the government. There is so much more to a person and a country then one statement its government is making.
Thank you for reading this article 🙂 I am sure we missed some key points on this event and any informative comment is welcome!