Taiwan is closely monitoring developments related to an upcoming International Court of Arbitration ruling on a dispute between Manila and Beijing over the South China Sea, and has been preparing for various scenarios, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said on Tuesday.
Beijing on Wednesday said the Philippines arbitration case against it has soured relations between the two countries and undermined the worldwide rule of law and regional stability. "Even though China can not keep up with the USA militarily in the short-term, it should be able to let the US pay a cost it can not stand if it intervenes in the South China Sea dispute by force", the editorial said.
"When it's favorable to us, let's talk", he said.
Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines all have conflicting claims with China.
China has said it would reject the ruling and refused to recognize the Permanent Court of Arbitration's jurisdiction over the issue.
The Chinese foreign ministry insisted that Beijing would work with other Asian countries to "safeguard the peace and stability of the South China Sea".
This contradicted remarks that had been made by a retired Japanese air force official, who had alleged that the Chinese fighters had made a threatening manoeuvre towards the Japanese plane.
The Ministry of National Defence said on Monday that the Japanese jets had "lit up" the Chinese fighters with their fire-control radar.
Tensions have been rising in the disputed region after China was linked with a number of military activities in the region and after the United States started doing routine patrols.
China is conducting military drills in the disputed waters in the run-up to the ruling, which will be released on July 12.
During the June 17 incident, Chinese defense officials said two Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) Mitsubishi F-15J Eagles intercepted two Chinese Sukhoi Su-30 fighters over the East China Sea in the Beijing declared Air Defense Identification Zone near the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands.
Townshend said the exercises were partly a response to recent United States manoeuvres in the region and partly an attempt to show China's resolve to the world ahead of next Tuesday's ruling.
However, the Philippines' unilaterally initiation of the arbitration violates its agreement with China to resolve any dispute through bilateral negotiations.
"We in China would not be intimidated by the US' actions, not even if the U.S. sent all the 10 aircraft carriers to the South China Sea", said former state councillor Dai Bingguo at a gathering of Chinese and American academics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Tuesday.
Manila has sought to dial down tensions with its powerful neighbour ahead of the decision, but resisted pressure to ignore the ruling.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday offered China conciliatory talks on a long-awaited global tribunal ruling over Beijing's maritime claims, a week before the verdict.
China's response would "fully depend" on the Philippines, the China Daily said, citing unidentified sources.