Archive for August 28th, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Chinese Flag, Chinese Mining Rights

China said Thursday its domestically-made manned submersible had successfully reached 3,759 meters below sea level with three crew on board, China Radio International (CRI) quotes Chinese sources. The submersible made seventeen dives in the South China Sea, from May to July, according to the report.

One of the accompanying photos shows a red flag being planted at the bottom of the South China Sea.

The vessel named Jiao Long (蛟龙号), apparently after a mythical flood dragon, fish, or mermaid, caught foreign media attention, writes Huanqiu Shibao. The New York Times, according to the Chinese paper, compared the Chinese operation with one by Russia in 2007, when a Russian flag was planted on the seabed below the North Pole. The Russian operation then had intensified contradictions between Russia and other claimants on the Polar area. USA Today, also according to Huanqiu Shibao, pointed out that planting a flag traditionally symbolized a claim on territory, and that this was meant as a signal to other neighboring countries with claims in the South China Sea area.

Huanqiu Shibao quotes Song Xiaojun (宋晓军), a Chinese military commentator with CCTV, as a well-known Chinese commentator on military affairs, as saying that the Jiaolong operation was searching for high sea resources, but as America and other countries hadn’t seized those by themselves, they now made accusations against China (中国著名军事评论家宋晓军在接受环球网采访时表示,中国此次行动其实是为了寻找公海资源,而美国等媒体主要也是因为自己“没抢着”才有了对中国的这番横加指责). In international waters, the mining rights went to those who took a place first (谁先占到谁就拥有开采权). America, Japan, France, Russia and other countries all operated in a similar way.

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Related
Hermit: the Stupid Little Mermaid, March 12, 2009
Russia plants Flag under North Pole, BBC News, Aug 2, 2007

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