A commentary published online by state media in China says its forces should fire warning shots or even deliberately collide with US warships sailing close to the Paracel Islands in a disputed area of the South China Sea.
The commentary says tough action would make an impression on the US and “teach it a lesson”.
The commentary was carried by a social media account controlled by the overseas edition of the People’s Daily, the Communist Party mouthpiece.
It said the Paracel Islands, which have been under Chinese control for more than 40 years, were China’s bottom line in defending the South China Sea region.
China must make its stance clear in the area by taking firmer action against any incursions, the commentary said.
These included escorting vessels out of the area and even colliding with ships in worst-case scenarios to teach the US a lesson, it said.
“Proper toughness and deterrence will be good for peace,” the article said.
Full article: China should fire warning shots at US warships near disputed islands, even ram them, says Communist Party mouthpiece (South China Morning Post)