Fears that the tensions in the South China Sea could lead to war may be true as a Chinese publication declares military war on the United States. Nonetheless, there is also hope for peace as China and the Philippines will be resuming talks on how to reach a resolution to the conflict amidst the international ruling.
China Prepares for Confrontation with the United States over South China Sea
Global Times, a newspaper know for close ties to Beijing’s Communist rulers, claims that the country should be ready for “military confrontation.” The provocative editorial came out following the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague is just within reach. Tensions have been rising in the disputed region after China was linked with a number of military activities in the region and after the United States started doing routine patrols.
According to the paper, as reported by The Telegraph, the United States has deployed two aircraft carriers to the western Pacific in an attempt to persuade “China’s obedience.” Furthermore, the paper also said that the United States is taking advantage of the tensions between Beijing and neighboring Asian neighbors to justify the deployment of military forces that serve as a “direct threat to China’s national security.”
“Even though China cannot keep up with the US militarily in the short term, it should be able to let the US pay a cost it cannot stand if it intervenes in the South China Sea dispute by force,” added the editorial.
China Offers Philippines Peace in order to settle South China Sea dispute?
Another report from Reuters claim that even with the supposed tensions, China is offering Philippines another option to resolve the conflict given it does not honor the ruling of the international court from its filing.
“Manila must put aside the result of the arbitration in a substantive approach,” China’s main, government-run English newspaper quoted a resource.
“Objectively the tribunal has no jurisdiction over the dispute,” added Sienho Yee, a law professor at the China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies at China’s Wuhan University.
“Negotiation has been agreed upon as the way to resolve the dispute,” he said.