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Beijing: China will “accelerate militarizing its newly built islands”, warned a state-run daily after a US bomber flew close to it in the South China Sea.

The Pentagon said that an American B-52 bomber “unintentionally” flew over the South China Sea within two nautical miles of an artificial island built by China. Chinese authorities described the move as “provocation”.

An editorial “US actions prompt islands militarization” in the Global Times said on Monday that the US military has adopted a mild tone this time, but “its action is aggressive”.

“The moves of the US will undoubtedly propel China to accelerate militarizing its newly built islands and make them capable of coping with direct military threat from the US.

“As the Chinese mainland is far from this area and China only has one aircraft carrier, it would be too late for China to send fighter jets from the mainland when US jets intrude into the airspace of the islands. The only choice is to deploy the fighter jets on these islands,” the daily said.

“Communist country stressed that these islands serve a peaceful purpose, but the premise of such assertion is that no external military force threatens their security. The US military is undermining this premise, and China should carry out corresponding security deployment.”

It observed that nowadays US warplanes and bombers fly over nearby waters and airspace at will.

“If China does not take due measures, it can be implied that it tacitly approves such hostile actions. This, in turn, will jeopardize the country’s South China Sea strategy. It, therefore, has no other options, but to build up its military capability on those islands. In that case, next time when the US warplanes come over again, there will be Chinese military planes taking off and safeguarding our sovereignty.”

The daily went on to say that there is worry that militarization of the islands will bring more pressure on China from the international community and some Southeast Asian countries will especially be unhappy about it.

“But it is the US military provocations that are propelling China to do so. Chinese countermeasures will be morally correct. They may further complicate the situation in the South China Sea, but will not tarnish China’s international image.”

The editorial noted that if all parties wish for the peaceful South China Sea, they should fulfill their responsibilities rather than providing assistance to the US which intends to intrude China’s island demilitarization.

“The island militarization doesn’t mean a significant rising potential for military clashes. Neither Beijing nor Washington wants a war,” it said, adding: “The US’ exercise of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea should not threaten the security of Chinese facilities. In view of China’s overall military capability and national strength, the US should renounce its arrogance.”(IANS)

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15 Crore Opening In China Of “Toilet” Akshay Kumar Is Overwhelmed

The film's actress Bhumi Pednekar was excited for its release there.

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Bollywood star Akshay Kumar is overwhelmed with the love the audience in China has given to his film “Toilet Hero” — originally titled “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” — which has made over Rs 15 crore at the Chinese box office on its opening day.

“Thank you audiences in China for your appreciation for ‘Toilet Hero’. Delighted to receive so much love,” Akshay tweeted on Saturday.

The movie, which deals with the subject of sanitation and the need for toilets, opened in China — an emerging market for Bollywood films — on Friday.

It hit 4,300 screens in China, according to Reliance Entertainment, which released the movie in the country.

“‘Toilet Hero’ makes a whopping 15 million Yuan equivalent to Rs 15.8 crore on Day 1 at the Chinese box office! This is the third biggest opening of Indian films in China,” read a post from the official Reliance Entertainment Twitter handle.

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Toilet- ek prem katha, flickr

The film’s actress Bhumi Pednekar was excited for its release there.

“Thank you again for all the love & support we have already got and really hope that we get the same all over again,” she had tweeted on Friday.

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China has become receptive to Indian films, given the popularity of movies by Aamir Khan. Even “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” found several takers, followed by Irrfan Khan’s “Hindi Medium” and Salman Khan’s “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”. (IANS)