China is about to complete some of its land reclamation work on the Spratly Islands in the disputed South China Sea, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, shedding light on a controversial project that has inflamed regional tension.
China, said American vice-president Joe Biden, was challenging freedom of navigation in the South China Sea by reclaiming land on disputed reefs on a “massive scale”. Global Times, a state-owned newspaper known for its hardline views, said war would be “inevitable” if America kept complaining about China’s island-building. As China asserts itself as a naval and air power, and as America responds, the risks of confrontation are growing http://econ.st/1IdxqDE
香港《南華早報》中文網 - 13 hours ago
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From Espresso: China has intensified its war of words with America, almost a week after Pentagon officials allowed CNN on board a surveillance flight over the South China Sea. Yesterday Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China’s foreign ministry, said her government had complained formally to the Americans, who should stop their “provocative behaviour”. The broadcast of a typically classified operation followed months of rapid island-building by China in the sea, control of which is disputed among the nations surrounding it. On Friday America’s vice-president, Joe Biden, said China’s land-reclamation had heightened tensions. Chinese officials and state media are meanwhile warning America against getting too frisky with its “warships” and military planes in the region. An op-ed in Global Times, a state-owned nationalist newspaper, claimed that war was “inevitable” if America, which it called a “paper tiger”, did not soften its stance. That is surely bluster, but the air over the South China Sea is getting hotter http://econ.st/1LD0wuj