- A Chinese state-backed newspaper has threatened US with nuclear war
- The threat follows a pronouncement from Trump nominee Rex Tillerson about blocking China’s access to disputed islands
- The newspaper also added that US has no absolute power to dominate the West Philippine Sea
Slighted by Trump nominee for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s pronouncement about blocking China’s access to the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea, the Chinese media has warned the United State of nuclear crisis if such thing happened.
During his confirmation hearing at the Senate early this week, Tillerson declared that the new US government will try to send a clear signal to China by “first, the island building stops, and second your access to those islands is also not going to be allowed.”
But China’s Communist Party-backed newspaper Global Times said in its editorial that the US has no absolute power to dominate the West Philippines Sea/South China Sea.
“Tillerson had better bone up on nuclear power strategies if he wants to force a big nuclear power to withdraw from its own territories,” the newspaper said.
The newspaper also maintained that China has enough determination and strength “to make sure that his rabble rousing will not succeed”; referring to Tillerson’s pronouncements as the ‘most radical’ statement from the American side, so far, on the issue of territorial bickering in the region.
“Unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South China Sea, any other approaches to prevent Chinese access to the islands will be foolish,” it added.
The Global Times also described Tillerson’s statement as “far from professional” and stressed the two sides had better prepare for military clash if Trump’s diplomatic team tries to shape the US-China relation like it is doing now.
Nevertheless, the newspaper assured China will try to continue respond to US’ ‘diplomatic maneuvers’ no matter what happens.