China-US war ‘inevitable’, according to state-run newspaper

Yang Yujun

China’s Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun holds up a report on China’s Military Strategy during a press conference at the State Council Information Office in Beijing, China.

A state–run newspaper in Beijing published an editorial on Tuesday calling war between China and the US “inevitable” if Washington doesn’t stop its protests over Chinese military actions in the South China Sea.

Reported by The Telegraph, the document on military strategy, published in The Global Times, said China’s military is to switch to an offensive posture in the face of “grave and complex” security threats in the region.

In addition, the 25-page report said the navy would be adding “open seas protection” to traditional remit of “offshore waters defense,” while boosting its ability to counterattack and conduct joint operations at sea. The air force, meanwhile, will “endeavor to shift its focus from territorial air defense to both defense and offense,” said the document, which was issued later on Tuesday in English and Chinese at a rare news conference presided over by uniformed officers.

The sabre-rattling comes days after a US aircraft carrier dismissed warnings from the Chinese military not to fly reconnaissance planes over the disputed Spratly Islands. The article added that China didn’t want war with the US, “but if it were to come, we have to accept it.” It said: “If the United States’ bottom line is that China has to halt its activities, then a US-China war is inevitable in the South China Sea.”

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