Why I care about reasoning:
Senior Japanese and Chinese naval officers offered deeply contrasting views on the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region at DSEI 2015 in London.
Vice Admiral Umio Otsuka, president of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) Command and Staff College, cited 17th Century jurist Hugo Grotius’s “freedom of the sea” as the basis for international trade and security on his way to asserting that a “certain country” was threatening this status quo.
Vice Admiral Yuan Yubai, commander of the North Sea Fleet of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), painted a very different picture of the Asia-Pacific maritime sphere. While his speech attracted interest after he said the South China Sea belonged to China by virtue of its name, Vice Adm Yuan devoted the lion’s share of his presentation to playing up the opportunities for “unimpeded trade” under China’s 21st Century Maritime Silk Route initiative.
For. God’s. Sake.