South China Sea: China warns US over islands ‘confrontation’

Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in a waters around Mischief Reef in a doubtful Spratly IslandsImage copyright
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China has built islands on reefs and, says a think-tank, is building troops comforts on some

Blocking China from islands it has built in contested waters would lead to “devastating confrontation”, Chinese state media have warned.

The indignant response came after secretary of state hopeful Rex Tillerson pronounced a US should repudiate Beijing entrance to new islands in a South China Sea.

Two state-run papers lift editorials strongly criticising his comments.

The hawkish Global Times publication warned that any such movement would lead to “a large-scale war”.

Beijing has been building synthetic islands on reefs in waters also claimed by other nations. Images published late final year uncover troops defences on some islands, a think-tank says.

Speaking during his acknowledgment conference on Wednesday, Mr Tillerson likened China’s island-building to Russia’s cast of Crimea from Ukraine.

“We’re going to have to send China a transparent vigilance that first, a island-building stops and second, your entrance to those islands also is not going to be allowed.”

China’s central response, from unfamiliar method orator Lu Kang, was muted. China had a right to control “normal activities” in a possess territory, he said.

Asked privately about a acknowledgement on restraint access, he pronounced he would not respond to suppositious questions.

‘Unrealistic fantasies’

But editorials in a China Daily and a Global Times were some-more approach in their comments.

The China Daily suggested Mr Tillerson’s remarks showed stupidity of Sino-US family and tact in general.

“Such remarks are not value holding severely since they are a rumble of naivety, shortsightedness, worn-out prejudices and impractical domestic fantasies,” it said.

“Should he act on them in a genuine world, it would be disastrous.

“As many have observed, it would set a march for harmful fight between China and a US. After all, how can a US repudiate China entrance to a possess territories but mouth-watering a latter’s legitimate, defensive responses?”

The Global Times, a jingoist daily, suggested that Mr Tillerson’s “astonishing” comments came since “he merely wanted to curry foster from senators and boost his chances of being reliable by intentionally display a tough position toward China”.

China would safeguard his “rabble rousing” would not succeed, it went on.

“Unless Washington skeleton to salary a large-scale fight in a South China Sea, any other approaches to forestall Chinese entrance to a islands will be foolish.”

The Obama administration has oral out strongly opposite a island-building, affianced to safeguard leisure of navigation in a South China Sea and promulgation navy ships to cruise in contested areas.

But it has not threatened to retard entrance to a islands, a step expected to nettle Beijing.

Mr Tillerson did not explain how a US competence retard entrance to a islands, and both Chinese papers suggested a wait-and-see policy.

“It stays to be seen to what border his views opposite China will interpret into US unfamiliar policies,” a China Daily said.

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