China’s Top Military Leader Issues Warning on Territorial Disputes, Vows to Strike Back with Force if Interests are Threatened

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China’s top military leader, Zhang Youxia, has issued a stern warning on regional territorial disputes, vowing to strike back with force if China’s interests are threatened. Speaking at the Western Pacific Naval Symposium in Qingdao, Zhang emphasized China’s commitment to defending its territorial sovereignty and core interests, and warned against provocation. The comments come amid heightened tensions in the Taiwan Strait and the East and South China Seas, and as China’s navy continues to expand its presence in the region.

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China’s Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Zhang Youxia, has taken a hardline stance on regional territorial disputes, warning that China will strike back with force if its interests come under threat. Speaking at the Western Pacific Naval Symposium in Qingdao, Zhang emphasized China’s commitment to defending its territorial sovereignty and core interests, and warned against provocation.

“We do not provoke trouble, but we will never flinch in the face of provocation,” Zhang said. “The Chinese military will resolutely defend the reunification and interest of the motherland.”

Zhang’s comments come amid heightened tensions in the Taiwan Strait and the East and South China Seas, where China is engaged in territorial disputes with several countries, including Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines. China has also been expanding its naval presence in the region, with a focus on building a “world-class” navy.

The Western Pacific Naval Symposium, which is being held in Qingdao, has drawn representatives from partners and competitors including Australia, Cambodia, Chile, France, India, and the U.S. The two-day talks are focused on promoting maritime cooperation and stability in the region, but Zhang’s comments have highlighted the ongoing tensions and competing interests in the region.

Zhang also emphasized China’s commitment to resolving maritime disputes through friendly consultations, but warned that China would not allow its good faith to be abused. “We will take justified actions to defend our rights in accordance with the law,” he said.

The comments come as China’s military expansion continues to raise concerns among its neighbors and the international community. China has built or refurbished three aircraft carriers, and has established a network of military bases in the South China Sea. The country’s naval expansion has also led to increased tensions with the U.S., which has been critical of China’s assertive actions in the region.

In addition to Zhang’s comments, the Western Pacific Naval Symposium has also seen the participation of other high-ranking military officials, including the recently appointed head of the Russian navy, Adm. Alexander Moiseyev. Moiseyev met with Adm. Hu Zhongming, commander of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy, in Qingdao on Sunday, and they agreed to further cooperation on search and rescue operations.

The meeting between the two naval commanders highlights the growing alignment between China and Russia on military and political issues, and their shared commitment to challenging the prevailing U.S.-led Western liberal order.

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