On Trump’s inauguration day, an official from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) wrote on its official website that the President’s planned policies in Asia were provocative “hot spots getting closer to ignition”.
The article said: “‘A war within the president’s term’ or ‘war breaking out tonight’ are not just slogans, they are becoming a practical reality.”
Chinese troops train amid threat on increased tensions between the US and China
Following Trump’s discussions with Taiwan, US military deployments in the South and East China Seas and a new military defence system in South Korea, the article demanded the US reconsiders its strategy in Asia.
Beijing is now introducing new maritime security measures as the country prepares for a possible deterioration in Sino-US ties.
With Chinese and US forces sat at loggerheads in the South China Sea, the Pacific superpower is preparing aircraft, missiles and warships ahead of a possible clash between the two countries.
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Armed police officers and soldiers of a frontier inspection station drill in the snow on December 21, 2016 in Heihe, Heilongjiang Province of China
Last week, the new White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the US would stop China from trying to take over any territories in the South China Sea.
Asked about the Trump’s position on the South China Sea, Spicer said: “The US is going to make sure that we protect our interests there.
China's only aircraft carrier took part in military drills in the South China Sea last month
‘A war within the president’s term’ or ‘war breaking out tonight’ are not just slogans, they are becoming a practical reality
Chinese military official
“It’s a question of if those islands are in fact in international waters and not part of China proper, then yeah, we’re going to make sure that we defend international territories from being taken over by one country.”
In response, China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told the US “to be cautious in what it says and does, so as to avoid harming the peace and stability in the region”.
The US army has been engaged in joint military exercises with Phillipine forces for years
Ian Storey, a senior fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, believes comments from some of Trump’s new administration could result in an increasingly hardline policy against Beijing.
He told the South China Morning Post: “As it’s highly unlikely that China will compromise its sovereignty claims in the face of US pressure, we can be sure that the dispute will increasingly become a risky point of contention between Beijing and Washington.”