The U.S. and China may have spoken recently, but that doesn’t mean the latter is pleased with the former’s presence in the South China Sea.
Even after the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague issued a ruling in favor of the Philippines, China has been adamant when it comes to its claim of the disputed shoal and islands along the South China Sea. Following the ruling, it has ramped up activities in the area with a number of military exercises.
At the same time, China made it a point to make the rest of the United States aware of its rights by broadcasting claims in Times Square in New York City.
A recent report reveals that Chinese President Xi Jinping wanted to give the U.S. a more “hardened” response when it comes to the South China Sea issue. A source linked to the Chinese military told Reuters, “The People’s Liberation Army is ready. We should go in and give them a bloody nose like Deng Xiaoping did to Vietnam in 1979.”
During a recent press conference, China Ministry of Defense spokesman Senior Colonel Yang Yujun assured that the Chinese military shall work to protect the country’s maritime interests, security and sovereignty. He also said that the People’s Liberation Army is also ready to “firmly deal with various kinds of threats and challenges.”
Yang also confirmed that Chinese armed forces shall be conducting maritime and air patrols in the South China Sea.
In the past, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has made it clear that the U.S. is opposed to China setting up an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the disputed area. Today, China said it will set up an ADIZ depending on whether it is facing threats in the air and the level of threat.