“The US will definitely see the PLA show up at its doorstep in the not-too-distant future,” The Global Times’ editorial read.
The daring military manoeuvre is supposed to be a response to the continuing “freedom of navigation” missions of the US Navy in the disputed waters of the South China Sea largely controlled by Beijing.
China should respond to the continuing provocations from the US military in the South China Sea and send its own warships to the waters near US military bases in the Asia-Pacific and to the US allies’ coastlines, The Global Times publication (which is owned by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party) has suggested in its editorial.
“Only by making the US have a taste of its own medicine can we touch the nerves of the US and its allies, and reshape the western world’s understanding of US bullying in the South China Sea[…] The US will definitely see the PLA show up at its doorstep in the not-too-distant future,” The Global Times’ editorial read.
“What the US has done is a naked provocation, and this is obvious to all. There are many Chinese people and facilities on Meiji Reef, and the US warship that sailed so close to it apparently posed a threat. The Chinese side cannot remain indifferent, but must take countermeasures. This is common sense,” the editorial said.