by Michael W. Chapman, CNS News:
Amid serious tensions in the South China Sea, China’s top military officer brought to Washington Thursday a message to neighboring countries – and to the U.S. – that his country could not afford to “lose an inch” of territory it claims as its own.
A fresh assertion of China’s claim to territory also claimed by Vietnam has led to dangerous confrontations at sea in recent weeks and prompted anti-Chinese riots in Vietnam which turned deadly on Thursday.
Speaking at the Pentagon, Gen. Fang Fenghui, chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army, accused “certain countries” of thinking China was preoccupied with domestic economic concerns and were seeking a strategic advantage through provocative behavior.
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