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Chinese Official Warns: War a 'Practical Reality' With US Under Trump

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By    |   Saturday, 28 Jan 2017 09:25 AM

Slogans warning of impending war between China and the United States have become "a practical reality" since President Donald Trump took office, and China is bracing itself for potential conflict, a Chinese military official has warned.

"'A war within the president's term' or 'war breaking out tonight' are not just slogans, they are becoming a practical reality," the military official wrote in a commentary on the website for The People's Liberation Army, the South China Morning Post reported Friday. 

President Xi Jinping has also been promoting its key naval officers to command theatres, a move "aimed at utilizing them to the maximum and getting ready to win wars," military affairs commentator Song Zhongping told the newspaper.

The official, from the national defense mobilization department at the nation's Central Military Commission, said in the commentary, posted on January 22, the fears are based on the United States' decision to rebalance its Asian strategy, on the installation of a missile defense system in South Korea, and deployments in the East and South China Seas.

China's military is planning exercises on the surrounding high seas, according to another commentary last Sunday in the official People's Daily, the Post reported, and in December, China's lone aircraft carrier, Liaoning, went through the Taiwan Strait. 

The commentary referred to remarks made by Secretary of State-nominee Rex Tillerson, when he said he hoped the United States would stop China's access to the islands it's been building in the South China Sea.

In addition, White House Spokesman Sean Spicer said last Monday that the United States would stop China from seizing territory in the sea's international waters, the commentary also noted.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying has also issued a warning, telling the United States to "be cautious in what it says and does, so as to avoid harming the peace and stability in the region."

In addition, "the Taiwan question," sparked after Trump accepted a call from the president of Taiwan before his inauguration ceremonies is also in play. Chinese officials said the call was a "shenanigan from the Taiwan side," but complained it was against the United States' decades-long "One China" policy.

Two officials from the China-US Defense Relations Research Center wrote on the official military site in December that there could be an serious response if the United States supports Taiwan's independence and sends in more weapons.

"Currently, the China-U.S. relations is at the intersection of new strategies, and the two countries' leaders need to make a rational choice between adhering to the principles of "no conflict, no confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation" and provoking sensitive issues between China and the U.S.," they wrote. "We hope that the U.S. will rein in at the brink of the precipice and avoid going farther and farther down the wrong path."

Ian Storey, a senior fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, told The Post that some comments coming from Trump's top advisors and his appointees show the United States plans a tough stance against China in connection with the South China Seas during Trump's presidency.

"As it's highly unlikely that China will compromise its sovereignty claims in the face of U.S. pressure, we can be sure that the dispute will increasingly become a risky point of contention between Beijing and Washington," Storey said.

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Slogans warning of impending war between China and the United States have become a practical reality since President Donald Trump took office, and China is bracing itself for potential conflict, a Chinese military official has warned.
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