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China's President Xi Jinping ordered the military region responsible for monitoring the South China Sea and Taiwan to "assess the situation it is facing and boost its capabilities so it can strengthen the mission … and concentrate preparations for fighting a war" as tensions continue to mount over the future of the South China Sea and Taiwan, while diplomatic relations between Washington and Beijing hit rock bottom.

The Southern Theatre Command has had to bear a “heavy military responsibility” in recent years, state broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi as saying during an inspection tour made on Thursday as part of his visit to Guangdong province.

“We need to take all complex situations into consideration and make plans accordingly. We have to step up combat readiness exercises, joint exercises and confrontational exercises to enhance servicemen’s capabilities and preparation for war” the president-for-life added.

According to the South China Morning Post, Xi’s visit to the military command was one of several he made during a four-day trip to the south China province aimed at bolstering confidence amid an economic slowdown, and growing trade and strategic disputes with the United States.

Xinhua reports President Xi “stressed the need to focus on combat research and commanding, to advance work in all areas and accelerate developing strong and efficient joint-operation commanding institutions for theater commands to comprehensively boost the military’s battle-winning ability.”

 

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The president instructed the military to ramp-up opposition to ‘freedom of navigation’ exercises being undertaken by the US, Australia, France, the UK, Japan and others through the waterway through which arterial shipping lanes have grown since the end of World War II.

“He ordered the troops to keep a close watch for changes in the situations and to strengthen analysis to firmly protect border stability and safety of the people’s life and property,” Xinhua reported Xi as saying.

“After hearing a report on their work, he underlined the importance of preparing for war and combat, while taking consideration of various complex situations, improving response plans and focusing on real-combat training.”

Xi’s words represent a significant ramp-up in the rhetoric between Beijing and Washington. China has been angered by US sanctions on its military for buying weapons from Russia, and by what Beijing sees as renewed Washington support for democratic Taiwan. Earlier this month, US Vice-President Mike Pence took the tensions between Washington and Beijing to a new level: “Using that stolen technology, the Chinese Communist Party is turning ploughshares into swords on a massive scale,” he said.

Meanwhile, the US recently sailed two warships through the Taiwan strait, claiming "freedom of navigation", and further angering China.

According to Australia's News.com.au, President Xi was not the only ruling Communist Party member to up the ant last week. State Counselor General and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said that Beijing would never give up “one single piece” of its territory. He warned that “repeated challenges” to China’s sovereignty over Taiwan would lead to military action.

As for Xi's surprisingly sharp warning, the SCMP quoted military observers as saying President Xi’s words were likely aimed at an internal audience, boosting morale in the face of growing economic and international pressures.

“It’s likely intended as a signal to the US in particular and any parties that Beijing perceives to be causing provocation,” Collin Koh, a research fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, said.

That said, the Beijing-based military analyst said he expected further clashes to come in the South China Sea.

“The United States is expected to conduct more freedom of navigation exercises in the South China Sea region, and because it does not recognize (Beijing’s) rights to artificial islands, like Mischief Reef, there will probably be more military friction between the two countries there,” the Post quoted him as saying.

Earlier this month a Chinese destroyer almost rammed a US warship in an effort to force it to leave disputed waters. Shortly after the event, the Chinese defense ministry criticized the US for “gravely threatening China’s sovereignty and security, severely damaging relations between the two militaries and significantly undermining regional peace and stability”.

Last week, China’s Foreign Ministry said it had ‘expressed concern’ at the recent passage of two US warships through the narrow water way between China and Taiwan.

“China has closely followed the passing of US warships through the Taiwan Strait and monitored the whole process,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said. “We urge the US to strictly abide by the three China-US joint communiques and properly handle Taiwan-related issues so as to avoid impairing bilateral relations as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait."

So far any and all Chinese warnings and threats have fallen on deaf ears.

 

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    Brooke · 02:52 10/31/2018
    Awesome, thanks so much for the suggestions!
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    Blather · 18:04 10/29/2018
    All communist nations are warmongers. Usually the West beats them to the punch to prevent that.
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    Ed. · 12:23 10/29/2018
    Isn't it the job of all militaries to prepare for war?
    They don't prepare for peace right?
    Sounds like FAKE NEWS to me.
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    John Robert Mallernee · 11:02 10/29/2018
    I don't see anything unusual or alarming about this.

    Military forces in every nation are always preparing for war, as war is their purpose for existence.

    Also, military forces from opposing nations habitually test each other's limits and responses.

    They do it to us, and we do it to them.
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    Bri89 · 04:01 10/29/2018
    I think it was Dave Hodges that did a story on the invasion/left/civil war AND Russia and China attacking coming in thru Alaska. Need to go find and re-read no wonder Trump pulled out of the nuke treaty HE KNOWS and is letting them know America will fight. If I remember right the article mentioned EMP weapons too
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      G Rasputin · 06:08 10/29/2018
      Contrary to what many of us elected him to do, Trump will be responsible for starting WWIII with Russia, thanks to his appointing neocon war mongers like Bolton and Pompeo to positions they didn't deserve and then swallowing their advice; hook, line, and sinker. We are antagonizing Russia, probably the only major country not under Soros/Rothschild control, unnecessarily. We are increasingly the aggressors.
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    Heather · 22:59 10/28/2018
    We are witnessing history being made, right before our eyes: the build-up to WW3. We need to start keeping journals so kids will have first person witness sources for their research papers one day.
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      ramjet · 00:26 10/29/2018
      Heather, if China and Russia attack the US, you won't have anyone doing research papers.
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        Des · 02:01 10/29/2018
        There is no first preemptive strike in the military doctrine of Russia. Only return
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          Tron · 11:28 10/29/2018
          Tactics are never published.
          The only survivor (?) of an all out war would be the first to strike. Both sides eventually lose even in a conventional war.
          Russia would do a first strike and has stated so. Same with China.
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        Heather · 01:15 10/29/2018
        Children in other countries, sadly. Like "The Autbiography of Anne Frank" is read internationally. If the world makes it long enough.
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    MR. TRUTH! · 22:29 10/28/2018
    Due to China, Russia, Illegal Alien Invasions and Lunatic Liberal's plans to Destroy America, if you're not gathering Non Perishable Foods and Survival Supplies ... Your CRAZY, Two French Fries Short of a Happy Meal!
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      Brooke · 01:13 10/29/2018
      Sadly, I've had to use a large portion of our food and supplies for Hurricane Michael. I'm going to have to re-stock a lot of items! And I completely agree with you.
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        MR. TRUTH! · 02:34 10/29/2018
        Brooke, a really good food item I've found is Walmart's "Great Value" Beef Stew in a large 20 oz can for only $1.98. A person could live on one can a day, they're quite large. Lots of Beef, Potatoes, Carrots, Gravy, etc. I'm a big man and one can fills me up. They will stay edible for approx 3-5 years, perhaps longer. Don't forget to get several 50 Bic Lighter lots on ebay, and 500 rolls of Toilet Paper (costco), Zippo Axe/Saw on ebay, Propane fueled Generators (Propane never goes bad), Eneloop Pro Rechargeable AA & AAA Batteries, Solar AA & AAA Battery Chargers (2 or 3) etc. I should write a Survival Guide! I've been researching the best items for a number of years. I didn't think we'd make it through Obummer. I still don't, he is Satanic.
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