Chinese state newspaper The Global Times, which is owned by a company linked to the ruling China Communist Party, has declared that "war is inevitable" between China and the United States unless the US stops demanding that Beijing stop building artificial islands and buildings in the South China Sea.
The editorial blamed tensions in the South China Sea solely on the US and its allies, and claims that the recent incident where a US plane flew over an artificial island constructed by the PRC was an act of provocation.
It also said that the PRC should "carefully prepare" for the possibility of a war with the US and declared that the PRC would never back down from its building activity in the South China Sea isle chain, calling it the PRC's "most important bottom line".
"If the United States' bottomline is that China has to halt its activities, then a US-China war is inevitable in the South China Sea," the newspaper said. "The intensity of the conflict will be higher than what people usually think of as 'friction'."