A Chinese State newspaper warned Beijing to prepare in making the United States to “pay a cost it can’t stand” if the latter intervenes in the South China Sea dispute, days before The Hague International Tribunal rules on the territorial row between China and the Philippines.
In the Chinese and English editorial of The Global Times, a state-run publication said that the American build-up in the region, including the deployment of two carrier strike groups, comes as challenge to China’s vital interests and represents a direct to national security.
The newspaper also stressed that Beijing must accelerate developing its strategic deterrence capabilities in order to contain the US.
“Even though China cannot keep up with the US in the short-term, it should be able to let the US pay a cost stand if it intervenes in the South China Sea row by force,” part if the publication editorial.
The influential newspaper wrote, China is a peaceful nation that welcomes dialogue on the disputed territories, including Spratly Islands which comprises more than 750 islets.
The Global Times believed to have close connection with Chinese government as it operates under the sponsorship of People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s official newspaper.
The editorial posted online a week before the ruling of the International Court of Arbitration in the Hague on the sea row case of the two claimant countries.
The newspaper sees the ruling as more threat to the integrity of China’s maritime and territorial sovereignty.
In 2013, the Philippines filed a complaint with the court, asking it to rule on who owns the Spratly Islands, which lie at the heart of economically important shipping routes in the area.
The Hague International Court of Arbitration is set to rule its decision on the case on July 12.