War With China Just a Matter of Time as Beijing Plans South China Sea Buildup

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — 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.

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