China threatens ‘counterattack’ if US strike South Sea islands
Published: 10:56 AM, 13 October 2020 Updated: 04:30 PM, 13 October 2020
China’s President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump
China’s state-run media Global Times said the US military has been planning to attack three Chinese fortified islands in the South China Sea, but China will not hesitate to “counterattack”.
“If Washington wants to try its luck, the Chinese military and Chinese people will surely rise to the challenge and fight to the end,” the Global Times said, citing, the country’s Communist Party, on Sunday.
China daily declared the US would pay a heavy price if they launch any sort of drone attack on Chinese three fortified islands in the South China Sea.
“The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will surely fight back if US military causes any attack,” stated the GLobal Times, saying: “We must warn the US side that attacking China’s Nansha Islands or other Chinese targets using MQ-9 Reaper drones is an act of war.”
China’s daily has claimed the Trump administration might try to boost their reelection campaign by “creating a military crisis”, suggesting that China will respond with a heavy attack and “teach a lesson they will never forget.”
“China will shoot down incoming US warplanes, no matter they are unmanned or manned. If those planes cause actual damage to Chinese islands and reefs, we will strike the platforms and bases from which those planes take off,” the editorial added.
China’s President Xi Jinping claimed that his nation has a historic right of ownership to almost the entire South China Sea, however, this is demarked by the “nine-dash line” in the resource-rich maritime area.
A 2016 international arbitration ruling has stated Beijing’s claim had no legal basis under international law.
Source: Express UK