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Tensions Continue to Rise Between China, US Over South China Sea

By | Feb 09, 2017 02:11 PM EST
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Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (L) meets China's President Xi Jinping (R) at the Great Halll of the People In Beijing, China.
(Photo : Nicolas Asouri - Pool / Getty Images)

Tensions between China and the US continue to rise over the South China Sea as both countries flex their muscle militarily.

Although the People's Liberation Army (PLA) said that it does not want to engage in war, it will certainly not back down if a threat arises at its doorstep, China Daily reported.

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According to an editorial published on the PLA Daily website, the PLA said it would confront "demons" and "intimidation" head on.

It added that the Chinese military was willing to "dare its sword," as it has a proven track record in protecting the nation's interests.

China does not seem to be threatened by the US government's current stance on the South China Sea dispute.

In fact, the PLA cited China's determination during the Korean War, as well the recalcitrance it displayed against the United States during the Vietnam War in the 1960s.

"In the past, the PLA produced numerous miracles in wars, despite being outnumbered by enemies or having inferior weapons compared with those of its adversaries," the editorial said.

"Today, our troops are well equipped and high-spirited...Facing risk-takers, the PLA, which owns DF series ballistic missiles, will show them that we are ready for a war and we do not fear wars," it added.

In a separate article posted on the same website, the author argued that the US' attempts to play tricks with China in the South China Sea "is unreasonable and dangerous."

Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on the US to "brush up on its history" regarding the disputed waterway, according to The Independent. 

Wang was reacting to earlier comments made by the Trump Administration on the South China Sea row.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson remarked during his Senate confirmation hearing that China should not be given access to island it built in the area, as the White House pledged to protect "international territories" in the strategic waters.

However, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter called for sobriety, as he emphasized that the US should utilize diplomacy when dealing with China on the South China Sea row.    

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