Military vehicles carry DF-16 ballistic missiles in Tiananmen Square last September. Photo: Imaginechina
South China Morning Post: China ‘steps up preparedness for possible military conflict with US’
Donald Trump’s election as US president has increased the risk of hostilities breaking out, according to Chinese state media and analysts.
China is stepping up preparedness for a possible military conflict with the US as the Donald Trump presidency has increased the risk of hostilities breaking out, state media and military observers said.
Beijing is bracing itself for a possible deterioration in Sino-US ties, with a particular emphasis on maritime security.
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.
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WNU Editor: China has been ‘stepping up its preparedness for a possible military conflict with the US’ for as long as I can remember. When I was living and working in China in the 1980s .... my Chinese hosts always told me that the real threats to their country were from India, Japan, Vietnam, and the U.S. .... and to placate these worries they started to modernise and build-up their military. Flash forward to today .... the Chinese are still saying the same thing (with the South China Sea dispute now added to their list of concerns).... and are using the same excuses to modernise and build-up their military. The difference between now and then is that countries like India, Vietnam, Japan, and the U.S. are listening to what the Chinese are saying and doing .... and they are responding in kind.