Posting a news from CCP's mouthpiece because they surely made a blunt threat. ----- Ambiguity helpful in S.China Sea disputes By Liu Feng Source:Global Times Published: 2016-4-14 20:58:01 Recent years have seen increasing wrestling, both overt and covert, around the South China Sea disputes. With the US moving out of shadows into the spotlight, the tension between Beijing and Washington exacerbates. For countries sandwiched between the two major powers, there is less wiggle room for them to maneuver, and they are pressed to take sides. Once a crisis erupts in the South China Sea, no one can stay out of troubles. The reason why the tension is coming to a head is because the US is downplaying the creative ambiguity in the South China Sea. The US is adept at taking ambiguous positions in its foreign policy. For instance, Washington has long insisted on ambiguity on the Taiwan question by striking a balance between the mainland and Taiwan. This can maximize US interests on both sides. Take the Diaoyu Islands dispute. Washington says it won't take sides between China and Japan, but it also claims the islands fall under the protection of the US-Japan bilateral security treaty. Washington is a master of its balancing act. As to the South China Sea disputes, the US, an outsider, claims it doesn't take a position on the sovereignty disputes over the islands, but it has never stopped challenging and even confronting China over the matter. Washington's deeds are a far cry from its words. Moreover, Washington's acts in the South China Sea are leaving itself less chance to play the card of ambiguity. Under such circumstances, China's backlash is a normal response. More-> http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/978582.shtml ----- As for the said threat: Once China clarifies the legal status of the nine-dash line, the US as an external power will find it hard to bargain with China over certain matters, and the Philippines will have to seriously consider the consequences if it refuses to return the islands and reefs of the Nansha Islands it occupies.