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Apr 06, 2024
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Prominent Chinese Professor Jin Canrong: America Is Using The Philippines As A Pawn Against China, But It Will Certainly Lose Any Military Conflict In The South China Sea If It Gets Involved Directly

#11069 | 03:33
Source: Online Platforms - "Canrong on YouTube"

Prominent Chinese professor Jin Canrong said in a video posted to his YouTube channel on April 6, 2024 that the U.S. has been instigating the recent tensions between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea, and he said that the Philippines are merely are an "American consumable" like Ukraine, and are a "pawn" in America's "comprehensive competition" with China. He added that the U.S. would certainly lose in any military conflict with China in the South China Sea if it were to become militarily involved in the disputes between the Philippines and China.

Jin Canrong: "Since the beginning of this year, the Philippines has been constantly causing trouble in the South China Sea, with a typical example being their intrusion into the Ren'ai Jiao [Second Thomas Shoal]. There's an old wreck on Ren'ai Jiao that's about to collapse, and they keep trying to send cement and steel up there. Of course, we from China won't allow it, so there have been some clashes.

"Additionally, they keep causing trouble near our Huangyan Dao [Scarborough Shoal] because they're quite active around Zhengye Dao [Thitu Island], which they control. Their latest move is sending 34 people to run onto the Tiexian Jiao. Of course, some of our netizens have seen this, and our helicopter has gone there, right? It was just about a dozen meters above their heads, deterring them. So, it should be said that this is a consistent move of the Philippines this year, making trouble in the South China Sea and embarrassing us.

"Recently, they've expressed some new stances, including their President Marcos wanting to increase intervention, even suggesting that their navy might directly get involved. Currently, they're just using law enforcement vessels, civilian ones. But if their navy gets involved, the nature of the situation would change completely. In response to this new danger, our Ministry of National Defense has issued warnings advising them not to cause trouble. The warning from the Ministry of National Defense represents the attitude of the Chinese military, right? If they militarily intervene here, that is, if their navy intervenes, we will definitely respond with our navy, I think there's no doubt about that.

"Of course, there's an interesting phenomenon now, where the commander in chief of the United States Indo-Pacific Command came out and said: 'If you hit Filipino military personnel, then we're going to intervene.' So now it's quite interesting, it's the United States behind the Philippines instigating it to cause trouble.

"The Philippines, like Ukraine, are American commodities, right? Its strategic autonomy is very poor; the major decision maker is the U.S. It really depends on the determination of the United States. The United States is probing in this area because China and the U.S. are now in comprehensive competition, right? China is doing quite well in some areas, such as the Belt and Road Initiative, the BRICS expansion, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization expansion. I just went to Africa, overall China's influence in Africa is now very significant. Given some more time, our influence will surpass that of the U.S., you know? It's very uncomfortable for them, so they want to cause trouble, so in Japan, the Philippines, India, they keep inciting trouble. The Philippines is one of the weaker pieces in this series of the U.S. pawns, and it's easy to manipulate.

"So, my big feeling is that the trouble caused by the Philippines this year is a link in the U.S.'s strategy against us, you know? The Philippines is not the decision-maker; the decision maker is the U.S. The U.S. is the one playing chess, telling it to move this way; when the pawn has no choice, it's passive, it has to move.

"So the conclusion is that the recent trouble caused by the Philippines in the South China Sea will not stop and will escalate. So, it's not ruled out that their navy will intervene, and if their navy intervenes, then we will have to take measures as we have warned from our Ministry of National Defense. If the U.S. seizes this opportunity to intervene along with the Philippines causing trouble, then we can't rule out the possibility of a future military confrontation between China and the U.S. in the South China Sea. But I think Americans have miscalculated; they will definitely lose if they confront us in the area."

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