‘China should be on high alert after SCS verdict’

BEIJING: Calling for national unity ahead of Tuesday’s verdict by an international tribunal on China’s claims in the South China Sea, state media directed its ire against US and Japan saying that Beijing should be on high alert if tensions escalate putting to test the PLA’s military strength.
“The US and Japan have claimed that relevant countries, including China, should comply with the arbitration result.
They stand in sharp confrontation with China, which has announced that the award would be ‘nothing but a piece of paper’,” state-run Global Times said ahead of the verdict of the five-judge arbitral tribunal constituted Permanent Court of Arbitration ad-judicating on the Philippines’ petition against China’s claims.