The latest move by the United States administration to target Chinese personnel and enterprises over the South China Sea issue once again reveals the ugly hegemonic face of Uncle Sam. But Washington should not indulge the dream that Beijing will be coerced into swallowing the bitter fruit of damage to its core interests. In an apparent decision to up the ante in its confrontation with China, the US State Department announced on Wednesday that it is imposing travel bans on some Chinese officials and business executive for their role in the so-called militarization of the South China Sea. The US Commerce Department also said that it had added 24 Chinese State-owned Chinese enterprises, including subsidiaries of the China Communications Construction Company, to its Entity List for their roles in constructing artificial islands in the waters. Although “completely unreasonable”, as a spokesperson for China’s embassy in Washington said, such is the US administration’s fondness for sanctions as a way to strut its stuff in making “America great again” that it seems it cannot go a week without announcing some new ones. Island building by countries in this area has been going on for years, and China is a latecomer to the… Read full this story
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