China To US: We’re Ready To Fight If Needed And Russia Has Our Back
US MEDIA SILENT. BOTH CHINESE DEFENSE SYSTEMS AND RUSSIAN DEFENSE SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN PUT ON ALERT.
South China Sea — Beijing should be ready to “let the US pay a cost it cannot stand if it intervenes in the South China Sea dispute by force,” an editorial in a Chinese state-run paper warned on Tuesday — less than a week before the International Court at The Hague (ICH) is set to rule on a territorial disagreement between China and the Philippines.
“China hopes disputes can be resolved by talks,” wrote the Global Times, “but it must be prepared for any military confrontation. This is common sense in international relations.”
The dispute is over an island chain in the South China Sea, the Spratlys, and the maritime rights to the waters surrounding them. At the heart of the issue is sovereignty, with both China and the Philippines claiming territorial control.