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Militarization and Construction in the South China Sea

China to America: ‘We’re ready for repeat of Korean War or Vietnam if U.S. military stirs up any conflict in South China Sea’

May 19, 2016

Speaking to a small group of reporters in Beijing on Thursday, a high-ranking Chinese official made his warning clear: The United States should not provoke China in the South China Sea without expecting retaliation, according to CNBC and Daily Mail reports.

“The Chinese people do not want to have war, so we will be opposed to [the] U.S. if it stirs up any conflict,” said Liu Zhenmin, vice minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, cited by CNBC. “Of course, if the Korean War or Vietnam War are replayed, then we will have to defend ourselves.”

“We rely heavily on the South China Sea [for] transportation of resources and energy and the South China Sea is an important trading group for us. We attach great importance to peace and stability in the South China Sea,” said Liu, who warned the United States that it “cannot circle China by building military bases — we cannot do so 30 years ago, or even now.”

“Chinese people and the government feel like we haven’t been treated fairly because the U.S. is blaming China for rising tensions in the South China Sea,” said Liu, who added that “what matters is that the U.S. government has recognized that times have changed, [and the U.S.] can gain much more through cooperation than going to war.”

Read more of the CNBC report: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/19/china-says-its-ready-if-us-stirs-up-any-conflict-in-south-china-sea.html

and the Daily Mail report: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3600609/China-warns-U-S-ready-repeat-Korean-War-Vietnam-American-military-stirs-conflict-South-China-Sea.html.

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One thought on “China to America: ‘We’re ready for repeat of Korean War or Vietnam if U.S. military stirs up any conflict in South China Sea’

  1. “China relies on the South China Sea for transportation of resources and energy” So what ??? Other countries also rely on it and nobody owns it. It is free for use by everybody except for EEZ rights.

    Therefore China should not bully anybody like what it is doing now !!!

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    Posted by Edwin Subijano | May 23, 2016, 4:17 pm

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