Tensions over the South China Sea is far from over, now that Beijing has prepared its military for the possibility of confrontation that could erupt anytime soon.
Weeks after the UN-backed international arbitration in The Hague issued a ruling that virtually declared China’s claim in the disputed maritime zone inconsistent with international law, tension in the region has started to build up. In fact, the situation has become more intense that the Chinese defense minister advised their military to prepare for any confrontation.
Prepare for War
In a report from the state-run news agency Xinhua, Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan has alerted the men stationed off-shore of possible security threats, and to prepare for a so-called “people’s war at sea” to protect its sovereignty.
Chang issued the statement during a visit to inspect the on-going defense work in the Chinese province of Zhejiang. Chang emphasized the seriousness of the country’s security situation, especially threats that would likely come from the sea.
But the warning was not issued solely for the country’s military forces. It was addressed even to its citizenry. Chang added that the public should also be ready to defend the country’s sovereignty. He also announced that national defense will be promoted to the public.
China is currently holding a massive military drill in the region that aims to enhance the country’s military capabilities. Although China’s high-ranking officials were quick to clarify that the drill only aims to strengthen the country’s military capability in the region, many are still doubtful on its true intention, Morning News USA reported.
China’s current military drill involves the South Sea, North Sea, and East Sea fleets. It also aims to prepare China in “sudden and cruel” encounters at sea. The massive naval exercise is being participated by at least 300 warships, a dozen of fighter jets, and other vital military assets of China.