China vows ‘decisive response’ to sea provocations
Global Times calls US and Japan paper tigers, worrying eunuchs
China Thursday threatened a “decisive response” to any provocations in the South China Sea, following an international tribunal ruling against its extensive claims in the disputed area.
“If anyone wants to take any provocative action against China’s security interests based on the award, China will make a decisive response,” foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Thursday.
Echoing Lu, the state-run Global Times said Thursday the military should be ready for “counter-attack” if American warships hold exercises near islands claimed by Beijing.
Branding the US and Japan as “paper tigers” and “eunuchs,” it said the U.S. had voiced the strongest support for the verdict against China on Tuesday by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.
In an editorial titled ‘Blustering US a paper tiger in S China Sea,’ the paper said: “More politicians and congressmen from the House and Senate have also made fiercer remarks, demanding regular challenges to China’s excessive maritime claims through naval and air patrols. Japan’s stance is precisely the same as that of the US, as if they have discussed their lines.”
On the contrary, the attitude of the Philippines — which filed the petition against China at the tribunal — was relatively mild as it called for restraint.
Part of the ruling Communist Party publications, the daily is known for its nationalistic rhetoric.
“An old Chinese saying goes ‘the emperor doesn’t worry but his eunuch does,’ meaning the outsider is more anxious than the player. In this case, Washington and Tokyo are the worrying eunuchs,” it said.
“We do not wish for any direct confrontation or friction between the military powers… But if Washington insists on doing so, we will never flinch,” the editorial said.
It said many Chinese scholars believe that after the final award, the issue will gradually cool down. If there are no big moves from Manila, Washington and Tokyo, the case will “literally become nothing but a piece of paper.”
The strongly-worded editorial came as China asserted that it would not abide by the verdict, which quashed its claims on parts of the South China Sea on the basis of historic rights.