Thursday, December 30, 2010
Re-Emergency of Zheng He/The Chinese Way of Hegemony-I
In a CCTV interview, Huang Xueping, a Chinese defense military spokesman, states that China will serve in international obligations and its need to cope with various security threats around the globe. On December 20, 2008, the Chinese government announced that it was sending three naval ships to the Gulf of Aden against endemic piracy off the coast of Somalia. This is the second time that China’s navy since Zheng He visited South Africa during the Ming dynasty, more than 500 year ago as the “blue-water” navy. This time, China answered a request from the United Nations Security Council on December 18, 2008 which passed a bill allowing foreign navies to use force against Somalia pirates. China was the last of the UN Security Council’s five major powers to deploy naval ships in the pirate fight. This may lead to Beijing and Washington renewing military exchanges between two countries since they were interrupted when the U.S. decided to sell weapons to Taiwan months ago. After the Chinese government made its announcement, Iran reported that it was sending its Navy to Somalia to protect its commercial ships. But, Japan is not easy about the deployment of the Chinese naval vessels to Somalia because Japan is contesting the 8 isles in the East China Sea.