Monday, July 11, 2011

China hardliners to teach Spratly intruders ‘a lesson’

Ellen Tordesillas, writing for Vera Files:

Hardliners in the Chinese Military Academy are raring to teach China’s neighbors "a lesson" for intruding into the South China Sea, which they consider part of their national territory, a Chinese Southeast Asian expert said.

Shen Hong-Fang, professor and senior research fellow at the Center of Southeast Asian studies at Xiamen University, spoke of "a new upsurge" of Chinese nationalism set off by claims made by some Asian countries, including the Philippines, over territory China considers its own.

"Some suggested that it is the right time to adopt necessary measures to teach some countries a lesson," Shen said, startling participants at the two-day Conference on the South China Sea held in Manila last week.

She added there are those who think it justifiable "for China to launch a war against the invaders."

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