Dystopian Thinking and Fear in South China Sea Conflict


DystopianThinking and Fear in South China Sea Conflict

DystopianThinking and Fear in South China Sea Conflict

Theaspect of dystopia in the world is more observable in the currentworld relations than it was before. The relationship between nationsis now based on the selfish interests that each country seeks fromanother. This is the dystopian situation that is observable in theconflict over South China Sea, between China on one hand, and on theother hand, are Asian countries like China, Vietnam, the Philippinesand Japan. The conflict is fueled by the desire for selfish interestsby China on an ocean region that is thought to have naturalresources. At the same time, it is fueled by fear that the smallcountries in the conflict are more pro-American, and therefore maypose a threat. This discussion explores the dystopian thinking andfear in the conflict that in a way that threatens a worldwidedispute.

Theconflict is based on ownership of the contested SouthChina Sea sectionof the pacific. The recent happenings in the pacific region set agood example of a dystopian thinking and fear that is happening inreal time each day. The situation presents both dystopian thinking bythe conflicting countries and the dystopian fear due to the actionsof China. Currently, China, Brunei,the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam all lay territorialclaim over the ocean region that is speculated to have oil deposits.

Thearticle by Robert Haddick cites the conflict at the South China Seaas among the examples of current conflicts that present the dystopianelements of the modern world that is friendly to conflicts (Haddick,2012). The conflict has led to the diversion of the economicinterests by China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan to focus onhow to secure the disputed regions, other than concentrate on thebasic human services. For instance, The Philippines is currentlystationing fighter jets in the South China Sea, in the former U.Smilitary bases (News, 2015). According to Haddick (2012), theconflicts in the world increase costs and directicting technologiestowards militarization, this misdirects the efforts of the countriesinvolved. This is a major characteristic of the results of thedystopian situation.

Thepicture below shows the image of how China has been building basesand runway areas in the disputed South China Sea. This indicates anupcoming way, which is a major characteristic of a dystopian thinkingand fear related to war or military conflict.

(WallStreet Journal, 2015)

Thedystopian thinking and dystopian fear are at play in this conflictthat threatens a more extensive dispute that involves westerncountries also. The dystopian thinking comes in the way that Chinahas used its economic and military might to create fear among thenations that are claiming territorial rights over the South ChinaSea. Recently, China has been creating man-made islands in thecontested region in order to prepare for any military conflict. Thisis aimed at causing fear to the smaller countries that are claimingterritorial rights in the contested region, to vacate their interestsand leave China alone. At the same time, the reaction of thesecountries is equally the same as the Philippines have prepared theirfighter jets in readiness for any war outbreak.

Thisconflict is based on the dystopian fear that is exhibited by the wayChina uses its military power to create fear on the conflictingcountries. By all means, China is the largest country here, and themost superior, yet the one encroaching on a region that is not hers.China also exhibits fear that these nations are friendly to theUnited States, and controlling the region would be favorable to theU.S. This fear is true, because the United States has started takingposition and interest in the conflict (Kirk,2015).The picture below shows the U.S troops in the region on the side ofThe Philippines. Therefore, the reaction complicates the conflict,which can cause a dystopian war in the region if it breaks out.


Thesituation in the conflict shows how our modern culture is dominatedby the parties that use fear to control others. Countries use fearand military might to control others, since the times ofcolonization, first world war, second world war, the cold war, andnow the twenty first century conflicts like the of South China Sea.In this case, China uses fear to scare the Asian countries towardsgiving up territorial rights over the land. At the same time, Chinais against countries that seemto have the support of the western countries, and think China isunfairly aggressive.

Thisconflict is purely based on dystopian thinking by the countriesinvolved and dystopian fear by the dominant China. The conflictinvolves a dystopian thinking of both China on one hand and the Asiancountries on the other, with the rest of the world taking sides,especially the United States (Kirk,2015).China has dystopian thinking of fear of the west attacking it, andgreed for the resources in the disputed South China Sea. On the otherhand, Asian countries are having a dystopian fear of attack and arediverting their attention to the conflict, and seeking assistancefrom other countries. This shows how the conflict reflects thedystopian thinking of countries in our modern culture in relation tohuman interaction.


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