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246 words - January 17, 2013 | © DiploNews, all rights reserved.
After several months of growing tensions with neighbors like Japan, Vietnam or the Philippines over the sovereignty of a number of islands in the Pacific, China has taken a tougher stand. Three news releases published hours ago on the official website of the People Liberation Army (PLA) particularly drew DiploNews' attention. Two called in plain language for Chinese soldiers to get "ready for battle" in order to "safeguard national interests." Such a military rhetoric published in the shape of "comments" – and not official statements – shows China's growing exasperation about the "China threat theory" and repeated accusations by the West and its Asian allies of China's military development "causing military imbalance or arms race in the region." As the national interests of China grow, it is normal that its military might grows as well, People's Daily Online Meng Yan summarized. A PLA Daily colleague of him, Guo Jiangyue, drove the point home. He focused his discontent on Japanese Shinzo Abe administration whose he accused of "drawing Vietnam, Philippines and other East Asian countries to its side in order to contain China," He quoted Chinese Prof. – and Maj. Gen. – Jin Yi'nan who once explained that local war like one over the disputed islands would force China to prepare itself for a large-scale war. And not only Chinese forces must be ready to fight, but they'll have to win. Because, from China's viewpoint, one can advocate peace, never trade in.
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