Luo Yuan, a retired Major General of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China, said in his commentary regarding the recent arrest of 11 Chinese fishermen, “We have maintained a great deal of restraint and patience. Philippines invaded our eight reefs, and is now arresting our fishermen. When are we going to fight back?”
“It is incorrect to assume that China will completely rule out military action in any event during this ‘period of strategic opportunity,” he said. “To safeguard our sovereign and territory rights, we will never hesitate to face up to any military challenge,” he added.
“Also, considering the relative military strengths of China and the Philippines, the Filipino people can judge for themselves the wisdom or otherwise of their government’s decision to take this stand against China,” Luo Yuan said implying that China has greater military capabilities than Philippines.
Luo Yuan also said that troops in the BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal must be arrested, else, China has a variety of means to clear the territory and international community should understand. According to him, China should respond tooth for tooth, eye for eye, to take further measures.