A hawkish retired PLA general has questioned the US’ ability to counter China’s defensive posture in the South China Sea and echoed Beijing’s claim it had the right to establish an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) over the disputed waters.
“Hasn’t the US already deployed almost all of its advanced weapons in the South China Sea? Did it work? Can the US remove the islands China built there?”Luo Yuan wrote in an article published by China Youth Daily on Thursday. “Can the US destroy the self-defence weapons China deployed on the islands?”
China’s build-up of facilities including runways and advanced radar facilities in the Paracel and Spratly islands has drawn concern from neighbours and Washington that Beijing intends to militarise the region and plans to establish an ADIZ.
When Beijing declared such a zone in the East China Sea in 2013, the US responded by saying it would ignore the demand that all aircraft give prior notice before entering, although it advised commercial airlines to comply.
Full article: US can’t uproot China in South China Sea, retired PLA general says (South China Morning Post)