Chinese media mounts all out propaganda offensive against the Philippines
Judging by the rhetoric of the official Chinese media and military commentators, the Chinese Communist Party authorities seem to be readying a small-scale naval skirmish to “teach the Philippines a lesson.”
Yet at the same time, Beijing is brandishing non-military solutions, such as joint development of oil and gas in areas close to the disputed islets in the South China Sea — provided that Manila would at least in theory not dispute Chinese sovereignty.
Whether Beijing can seize the initiative through waging what analysts call a policy of “deliberate ambiguity” is a good test of the effectiveness of China’s much-vaunted quasi-superpower diplomacy.
Beijing has rolled out a propaganda offensive to prepare its citizens — and foreign governments — for a possible naval battle with the Philippines.
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