The presence of the USS Lassen near the disputed Spratly Islands is a “political show” to be dealt with calmly, China’s nationalistic Global Times wrote, stressing the country “is unwilling but not frightened to fight a war with the US in the region.”
The passage of the US Navy guided missile destroyer USS Lassen past an artificial island in the Subi Reef of the Spratly archipelago remains under the scrutiny of Chinese military, diplomacy and media.
China’s Global Times, known for being closely aligned with China's communist party, published an op-ed entitled: “After the show, it's time for US destroyer to leave”, which expressed an unusually cocky opinion of the incident.
“We should stay calm. If we feel disgraced and utter some furious words, it will only make the US achieve its goal of irritating us,” the article says, in its analysis of the nature of US harassment. “It seems that the US only wants to display its presence.”