China's blatant deception of the South China Sea

Chinas blatant

By the end of August 2019, amidst high tension in the South China Sea due to China’s aggression toward its South China Sea neighbors, and before the visit to China by Philippine President Duterte, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines - Mr. Antonio Carpio (one of the main figures in the Philippines v. China case in the Arbitral Tribunal in 2013) spoke out about China's deception, emphasizing that China's claim on the so-called "sovereignty" in the South China Sea was the fake news of the century, as well as a huge fraud to mankind that shouldn’t exist.

Speaking at the University of Ateneo de Davao in the Philippines on August 23, 2019, Mr. Antonio Carpio called on Filipinos and other Southeast Asian countries to take the initiative in reporting the truth and exposing China's false rhetoric about the South China Sea, stating that "We cannot wait for the Chinese government to tell their people that it is a false history, we have to do it ourselves and this will take time"; "we have to educate ourselves and the people of the world to convince the Chinese people that it is false history and [they] have to give it up."

China had made a false claim about its presence in the South China Sea 2000 years ago, before any other in the region. Leaders in Beijing have retold this narrative many times. Putting the issue of sovereignty over the Paracel Islands and Spratly Islands aside, countries’ sovereignty at sea must follow the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, to which China is a state party. However, China has wrongly propagated, distorted the truth and demanded maritime claims along the "cow's tongue line". The Chinese people themselves misinterpreted the situation because the Beijing government has told them a different rhetoric. Therefore, Beijing's violation of another nation's territory was mistakenly seen by many Chinese as "the exercise of their country's historic rights".

In 2016, the Philippines submitted to the Permanent Court of Arbitration 170 maps to protest China's claim of the "nine-dashed line" in the South China Sea. These maps, made by Chinese scholars and experts, showed that Chinese territory under the Qing Dynasty only came to Hainan Island. On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration issued a decision declaring China’s so-called "nine-dashed line” was invalid, and illegal.

The truth is that China has just begun to lay claim to the waters south of Hainan Island, including the Paracel Islands and Spratly Islands of Vietnam since the third decade of the 20th century.

In his speech, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, Mr. Antonio Carpio rejected recent statements by Chinese authorities, including President Xi Jinping’s, about Admiral Zheng He’s visit to the Philippines 600 years before. He said a Chinese scholar proved that Zheng He had, in fact, never set foot to the Philippines 600 years ago.

China has persuaded its people into believing the said fake myth about its ownership of 85% of the South China Sea. "This is the way the Chinese government teaches its people at all levels of education, so every general, member of the Politburo, diplomat, teacher, and student would memorize and believe it,” said Mr. Antonio. “This is completely false.”

China tried to wrongly propagate about the actual history of the South China Sea, even using despicable ploys to propagate their absurd "cow's tongue line" claim, which was rejected by the International Arbitration Court. International media have recently exposed their vicious tricks of China's propaganda about the "nine-dashed line" on products, books, websites, passports, even in films, or on car parts, and solar energy systems…. Facing this situation, countries along the South China Sea need to step up their own media campaigns of the actual history in the region to expose Beijing’s malicious conspiracy.