Prepare for possible ‘war on water’ over South China Sea tensions, Beijing tells citizens

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The Chinese defense minister has warned the tense situation in the South China Sea poses the threat of a direct confrontation and has called on the military, police and general population to be ready to defend the country’s territorial integrity.

Chang Wanquan made the statement while inspecting military installations in China’s eastern coastal Zhejiang Province, state news agency Xinhua reported, without giving the timing of the comments.

The seriousness of the national security situation should be recognized, particularly when it comes to threats posed at sea, Chang said.

The Chinese military, law enforcement and citizens must be ready for mobilization in the event of a “people’s war at sea,”he added.

The general public should be educated about national defense issues because national sovereignty and territorial integrity are at risk, according to the minister. Source

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