This wouldn’t be the first time China has threatened war with the United States. Some years ago, Colonel Meng Xianging said there would be hand-to-hand combat with America within the next ten years. In 2005, Chi Haotian, Vice-Chairman of China’s military commision saying conquering America is a must for its survival and that America must be exterminated. In 2007, China also threatened to nuke the U.S. Dollar — a claim it can still make good on.
What’s more, the average American is too busy following the Kardashians to even know what’s going on outside the national borders, let alone outside their own homes.
Beijing: A Chinese state-owned newspaper said on Monday that “war is inevitable” between China and the United States over the South China Sea unless Washington stops demanding Beijing halt the building of artificial islands in the disputed waterway.
The Global Times, an influential nationalist tabloid owned by the ruling Communist Party’s official newspaper the People’s Daily, said in an editorial that China was determined to finish its construction work, calling it the country’s “most important bottom line”.
The editorial comes amid rising tensions over China’s land reclamation in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea. China last week said it was “strongly dissatisfied” after a US spy plane flew over areas near the reefs, with both sides accusing each other of stoking instability.
China should “carefully prepare” for the possibility of a conflict with the United States, the newspaper said.
“If the United States’ bottom line is that China has to halt its activities, then a US-China war is inevitable in the South China Sea,” the newspaper said. “The intensity of the conflict will be higher than what people usually think of as ‘friction’.”
Such commentaries are not official policy statements, but are sometimes read as a reflection of government thinking. The Global Times is among China’s most nationalist newspapers.
“We do not want a military conflict with the United States, but if it were to come, we have to accept it,” the newspaper said.
Full article: South China Sea dispute: China state paper warns of ‘war’ unless US backs down (The Age)