The following report is a translation from
Relying on US support, the Philippines is so arrogant as to announce in the New Year that it will increase its navy and air force deployment at Zhongye Island, a Chinese island that it has illegally occupied for years.
It will be an intolerable insult to China
According to experts, the Chinese navy has drawn a detailed combat plan to seize the island and the battle will be restricted within the South China Sea.
The battle is aimed at recovery of the island stolen by the Philippines from China.
There will be no invasion into Filipino territories.
A report in the Philippines Star confirmed the Philippines military buildup on the island.
END OF TRANSLATION FROM CHINESE MEDIA.
Editor’s Note (13/01/2014): This story was first reported internationally by China Daily Mail, and used as a main source by The Philippine Star (China plans to seize Pag-Asa Island this year) to alert the people of The Philippines about China’s intention to invade. It caused a major diplomatic situation between Philippines and China, with China initially denying the report, but later admitting it to be true.
The next day, as a result of this revelation, USA strengthened it’s position on defending Philippines, mentioning specifically Pag-asa (Zhongye) Island. Manila then agreed to host American troops at it’s naval bases.Source: qianzhan.com “Sudden major move of Chinese troops this year to recover Zhongye Island by force” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
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