Asia Times: Beijing Plans S. China Sea Buildup After US Warship Makes Second Pass Near Island

USS Curtis Wilbur

USS Curtis Wilbur / AP

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China toned down vitriolic rhetoric in response to the recent passage of a US warship near a disputed island in the South China Sea.

Chinese government-controlled media outlets, however, seized on the transit of the guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur on Jan. 30 within 12 miles of Triton Island in the Paracels archipelago with stepped up threats to deploy missiles and warplanes on some of its 3,200 acres of newly-created islands.

Analysis of official Chinese statements after the unannounced warship transit shows Beijing backed off from more threatening rhetoric used after an earlier warship passage in October.

Read the entire article at Asia Times.

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