China has made it clear that it wants the South China Sea region, and the country is not letting anyone stop it from claiming the territory, not even Japan and Australia. As Beijing threatens the two nations from intervening in the disputed region, the Philippines fires back at China, saying things could turn bloody if the former tries to invade the territories.
China Threatens Japan and Australia
Despite opposition from a number of countries, China is not backing down on its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea.
“(China) will not concede on sovereignty issues and is not afraid of military provocations,” Breaking Defense quoted China’s ambassador to Tokyo, Cheng Yonghua, last June.
As if to emphasize how serious the country is, Chinese military aircraft, including a bomber, reportedly flew across South Korean airspace this week. Apart from making it clear that China will not honor any claims as simply, the country has called out Australia on the matter.
“If Australia steps into the South China Sea waters, it will be an ideal target for China to warn and strike,” claimed an editorial from the Chinese government-owned and operated newspaper Global Times.
The paper did not just threaten Australia; it also has a lot to say, describing the country “a unique country with an inglorious history. It was at first an offshore prison of the UK and then became its colony, a source of raw materials, overseas market and land of investment. This country was established through uncivilized means, in a process filled with the tears of the aboriginals.”
PH Fires Back
The Philippines, on other hand, is another player that makes it clear that it has claims over the South China Sea territory. According to the country’s recently elected President Rodrigo Duterte, there could be a bloody confrontation between it and China should the latter continue to invade territories.
“But I am sure and I guarantee to them that if they invade us, it will be bloody and we will not give it to them easily,” Al Jazeera quoted the president.