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Chinese media terms U.S., Japan ‘paper tigers,’ ‘eunuchs’

Pro-Beijing protesters shout slogans against the United States supporting an international court ruling of the South China Sea outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong on Thursday. China warned other countries on Wednesday against threatening its security in the SCS after an international tribunal handed the Philippines a victory by saying Beijing had no legal basis for its expansive claims there. The sign in the picture in Chinese (left) reads "Strongly protest against U.S. intervention in South China Sea Affairs."

Pro-Beijing protesters shout slogans against the United States supporting an international court ruling of the South China Sea outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong on Thursday. China warned other countries on Wednesday against threatening its security in the SCS after an international tribunal handed the Philippines a victory by saying Beijing had no legal basis for its expansive claims there. The sign in the picture in Chinese (left) reads "Strongly protest against U.S. intervention in South China Sea Affairs."  

Says military should remain ready for "counter attack" if American warships hold exercises near islands claimed by Beijing in the SCS

Branding the United States and Japan as “paper tigers” and “eunuchs,” China’s state media on Thursday said that the military should remain ready for “counter attack” if American warships hold exercises near islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea to enforce the United Nations-backed tribunal’s verdict.

An editorial titled ‘Blustering U.S. a paper tiger in S. China Sea’ in the state-run Global Times said that the U.S. has voiced the strongest support for the verdict against China on Tuesday by The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. The U.S. has said that the award was legally binding.

Japan’s line ditto U.S.’s

“More politicians and congressmen from the House and Senate have also made fiercer remarks, demanding regular challenges to China’s excessive maritime claims through naval and air patrols. Japan’s stance is precisely the same as that of the U.S., as if they have discussed their lines,” it said.

The tabloid daily said that on the contrary the attitude of the Philippines — which filed the petition against China at the tribunal — was relatively mild as it called for restraint.

Part of the ruling Communist Party publications, the daily is known for its nationalistic rhetoric.

Emperor doesn’t worry, his eunuch does

“An old Chinese saying goes ‘the emperor doesn’t worry but his eunuch does,’ meaning the outsider is more anxious than the player. In this case, Washington and Tokyo are the worrying eunuchs,” it said.

“The calls for the use of force have only been heard when the U.S. clamoured to safeguard the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, which mirrors that the U.S. hasn’t made the determination to use the arbitration for a showdown with China in the waters.”

‘Enhance military deployment in Spratly islands’

“The People’s Liberation Army should enhance its military deployment in the waters of the Nansha Islands (Spratly islands) and be fully prepared to counterattack if the U.S. makes further provocations,” it said.

“We do not wish for any direct confrontation or friction between the military powers... But if Washington insists on doing so, we will never flinch,” the editorial said.

It has said many Chinese scholars believe that after the final award, the issue will gradually cool down. If there are no big moves from Manila, Washington and Tokyo, the case will “literally become nothing but a piece of paper,” it said.

China doesn’t care two hoots for verdict

The strongly-worded editorial came as China asserted that it would not abide by the verdict, which quashed its claims on parts of the South China Sea on the basis of historic rights.

China on Wednesday flew two civilian aircraft to assert its claims to the artificial islands built in the disputed area. It successfully tested two new airfields on the disputed islands with civil flights a day after an international tribunal struck down Beijing’s claims over the region.

With this, the number of airfields open to civil aircraft has gone up to three, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

China claims almost all of the SCS over which the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have rival claims.

‘Verdict travesty of international justice’

Another state-run newspaper China Daily called the verdict a “travesty of international justice.”

“Washington has been so uneasy, and eager to contain China’s rise. All the fanfare stirred up in the South China Sea, in essence, is part of that strategy,” it said.

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