A senior military official in China has claimed that the country’s war against the United States is not just a slogan anymore. Instead, it is bound to become a “practical reality.”
Beijing is reportedly gearing up for tension by concentrating on maritime security.
The comment from the unidentified official from the Central Military Commission’s National Defense Mobilization Department was posted on the People’s Liberation Army website. It came as a response to the new administration’s apparent negative position towards China.
As per South China Morning Post, the official’s exact words were:
“‘A war within the president’s term’ or ‘war breaking out tonight’ are not just slogans, they are becoming a practical reality.”
In addition, military exercises will continue on high seas regardless of foreign stimuli, state-run People’s Daily (SCMP) said. This follows the recent announcement on South China Sea from White House spokesman Sean Spicer, who told the press:
“The U.S. is going to make sure that we protect our interests there. It’s a question of if those islands are in fact in international waters and not part of China proper, then yeah, we’re going to make sure that we defend international territories from being taken over by one country.”
The official also called for a missile defense system to safeguard the Korean peninsula.
According to The Independent, there had been unconfirmed reports which claimed that Chinese military moved long-range missiles within firing range of the U.S. As speculated on social media, it may be the Dongfeng-41 advanced intercontinental ballistic missile system.
While the photos were not proven, Global Times (via SCMP) said the People’s Liberation Army could have leaked them to warn President Trump.