China has told its service personnel “not to fire the first shot” as Beijing looks to de-escalate tensions with the United States in the South China Sea, sources familiar with the situation told the South China Morning Post. Both sides have stepped up their operations in the disputed waters, increasing the risk of incidents that spiral out of control, but Beijing does not want to give American hawks the opportunity to escalate things further.
“It’s easy to give the order to shoot, but neither China nor the US is able to control the consequences. The current situation is highly tense and very dangerous,” the one source close to the military said.
China is just one of a number of countries to claim sovereignty over part of the South China Sea, believed to harbour oil and natural gas reserves— Deepak Mohoni (@deepakmohoni) August 11, 2020
Beijing has establishing outposts on artificial islands and the US Navy freedom-of-navigation patrolshttps://t.co/dK1vJ8Jm0d
"The way I analyse it, in our dispute in that area, the first one to fire the shot becomes the loser. So they will do everything for us to take aggressive action." They also tried to bait the Indonesians to do the same during the last Natuna standoff. https://t.co/7qz7NVEuGX— Collin Koh (@CollinSLKoh) August 10, 2020
Will this be acceptable to the Mayor's boss in China..? Baka kailangan pa ng clearance🐶— Zaldy Tor (@zaldytor) August 10, 2020
The Philippines’ navy chief wants to protest the presence of two Chinese survey ships at an oil-rich disputed area in the South China Sea https://t.co/JWQeBOx0UY
Satellite images captured Chinese PLA amphibious armored vehicles and mobile missile launchers gathering near the South China Sea as it threatened to take down Pratas Islands from Taiwan, while US Navy is nearby area detecting pla submarine activities.https://t.co/GbuYhigBQF pic.twitter.com/VewgDOBXif— Taiwan Formosa Club 🌐 (@taiwanformosan) August 10, 2020
China warning: Beijing told to brace for US Navy ‘retaliation’ if South China Sea violated https://t.co/YmCcv6OVbW— T.J~ (@Td0GG066) August 11, 2020
'The next Hong Kong': Taiwan's foreign minister sounds warning over China https://t.co/o7jK90Gy1t— Guardian news (@guardiannews) August 11, 2020
.@SecAzar’s visit marks an important milestone in our friendship with #Taiwan. I strongly support independence for Taiwan and it’s 23 million residents and hope for peace and stability in the Asia Pacific region.https://t.co/B7wqfjiuUv— Rep. Glenn Grothman (@RepGrothman) August 10, 2020
Chinese vessels maintain presence in Philippine-claimed waters in South China Sea https://t.co/r3DEDDSvpi— 9DASHLINE (@9DashLine) August 11, 2020