Civil Society demonstration against Piracy and China poop-dumps in the South China Sea



South China Sea, Freedom of Navigation activities have become necessary to prevent a blockage of one third of the world’s trade flow. US Naval Operations. (11 July 2021) Sailors fold the rotors of an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter attached to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, assigned to Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18), July 11. Charleston, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ready-response force in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam Butler)


by Katie Alsop


As the tensions in the South China Sea continue to heat up, activists and concerned citizens have been invited to sign up to support and even join an 11 November 2021 demonstration and camp-out on the runway of Fiery Cross.

There are outstanding political and diplomatic issues in the South China sea enough to keep lawyers busy for decades. But when the Philippines executives of recently deceased President Benigno Aquino brought a legal action to an Arbitral Tribunal Constituted Under Annex VII to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the core issues were settled by the Tribunal although China disagreed.

On July 12, 2016, the ‘law of the sea’ tribunal released a decision in the Philippines’ case against China in the South China Sea. The ruling can be read here. The decision says that major elements of China’s claim to the South China Sea—including its controverted nine-dash line, militarization activities, and other malevolent actions like dumping human waste into Philippines waters, and poaching fish and other natural resources in other nations’ coastal waters—were unlawful.



China’s militarization of the South China Sea, of which China claims to own 93%, has created a dangerous situation for trillions of dollars worth of global trade in essential goods and food. South China Sea, Freedom of Navigation activities have become necessary to prevent a blockage of one third of the world’s trade flow.


That is why the globe’s largest civil society women and family rights organization is planning massive demonstrations around the world in November 2021 and spring 2022 against China’s pollution and militarization of the South China Sea.


China went berserk over the 12 July 2016 Tribunal decision finding the Nine Dash Line was nonsense.

Read: China Nine-Dash-Line is not malice but likely is hysterical fanaticism

China flew into a snit over the ‘law of the sea’ tribunal ruling and began attacking Vietnamese and Philippines fisher folk, in some cases, sinking their ships and leaving crews swimming in the wreckage to fend for themselves. In other cases, Philippines and Vietnamese fishing crews have been detained and hurt; their fishing gear stolen; their catch of fish stolen; and their ability to carry out their trade destroyed.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said in a statement on Monday 12 July, the anniversary of the decision, that China’s failure to comply with the ruling five years ago, “undermines the rule of law as a fundamental value of the international community.”

The South China Sea belongs to humanity

12/07/2021 — Sign up to receive information about coming protests. The South China Sea belongs to humanity. Humanitarians are now saying that the Sea needs to be cleaned up. That includes demilitarization. China’s unorthodox reclamations in the South China sea have alarmed environmentalists; killed off native species of fish, water fowl and vegetation; and disrupted the ecological balance.

The South China Sea is a glaring example of what not to do in the context of global pollution, climate change, and averting human disasters.

As a plastic insertion device for a tampon floated ashore among other seagoing trash near Agoo, Philippines, the fisher folk explained their plight. “We cannot afford to replace the equipment stolen from us but we somehow need to go to sea and find fish,” said a worried mom whose three little children were helping a father with the rigging of their fishing craft.

The story on how The RINJ Foundation decided to launch global demonstrations against China’s militarization of the South China Sea waterways has its roots in the small coastal villages in Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines, and more, where two million or more people and their families depend on living off the sea.

Those who speak English call them fisher folks. Christ and his apostles were fed from the seas, the Filipino fishing boat captains explain. They cling to the decency and respect their communities have for their work, but their boats are being ransacked by the Chinese Coast Guard, Navy and an even bigger marine militia.

These humble sea-going fishing crews feed hundreds of millions of Asians at least in small part, with fish. Their once thriving economies filtered through the ranks of commercial partners and customers to stave off poverty for centuries. That is now all gone. China’s massive navy and marine militia of thousands of vessels has raided, robbed, sunk the craft of simple fisher folk and barred their fishing in their own nation’s extended economic zones.

During the pandemic, this issue has been exacerbated. Now coastal villages are starving as the South China Sea becomes more polluted by the day.

PowerPoint Presentation Water Quality in the Spratlys, South China Sea  (by simularity.com)

“Today this superpower piracy has an impact on millions of Asians and people all around the world because the waterway is crucial to global trade for a modest total estimate of $3.7 trillion USD in crucial goods, one third of the world’s trade,”  according to the team organizing Demilitarize South China Sea org‘s series of global demonstrations in 2021-2022.

DemilitarizeSouthChinaSea.org

12/07/2021 — The South China Sea belongs to humanity. Humanitarians are now saying that the Sea needs to be cleaned up. That includes demilitarization of the small reefs and islands, ridding them of fuel dumps, missiles, warships and bombers. China has been dumping sewage into the South China Sea and it has polluted the sea by destroying the natural ecosystems with unorthodox land reclamations of nothing but coral and low tide rock, hence cleanup includes demilitarization. Courtesy: DemilitarizeSouthChinaSea.org