China mobilises navy to positions after Trump team South China Sea comments
Since taking the Oval office Trump has sparked global protests, outraged politicians and upset people over all corners of the globe.
China’s state media has announced it will “step up preparedness for possible military conflict with US”
Maritime security is being boosted particularly – especially since it began to look like Donald Trump will sanction an intervention in the row over the artificial islands in the South China Sea, which China stakes claim over.
The billionaire businessman’s presidency has rapidly escalated chances of conflict, China has claimed, amid threats it would take a ‘war’ to take the disputed lands.
The People’s Liberation Army said in a commentary on its official website last Friday, the day of Trump’s inauguration, that the chances of war have become “more real” amid a more complex security situation in Asia Pacific.
An officials for the national defence mobilisation department in the Central Military Commission called for a US rebalancing of its strategy in Asia were causing problems.
It said: “‘A war within the president’s term’ or ‘war breaking out tonight’ are not just slogans, they are becoming a practical reality.”
President Jinping Xi has been angered by Trump
On Sunday, the official People’s Daily said conduct exercises on the high seas regardless of foreign provocations.
The dispute was sparked when White House spokesman Sean Spicer said China could be blocked from access to the artificial islands it built in the South China Sea.
He said: “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.”
China warned Trump to “be cautious” over threats to their nation.
Analysts have called Trump’s China approach “extreme” and possibly “dangerous”
China is preparing for military action if needed over suggestions they will be challenged by Trump
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Ian Storey, a senior fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, said some of the comments from Trump’s key advisors and appointees suggest that the US may pursue a more hardline policy against Beijing in the South China Sea over the next four years.
“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,” he said.
President Xi Jinping was initially outraged when Trump took a call from Taiwan – appearing to recognise it as its own nation, rather than a part of China.
He was the first president to do so in decades.
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China declares it will go to WAR with US over disputed islands
The Trump team in Washington questioned Chinese sovereignty over South China sea islands
Former North Sea Fleet commander Vice-Admiral Yuan Yubai has been promoted to head the Southern Theatre Command, which focuses on the South China Sea
“Promoting naval officers to command theatres is aimed at utilising them to the maximum and getting ready to win wars,” Song Zhongping, a military affairs commentator at Phoenix TV, said.