(The Scottish Sun) China’s President Xi Jinping has told his military commanders to “concentrate preparations for fighting a war” as Beijing ramps up fighting talk with the West.  The communist ruler’s instructions come amid rising tensions over the future of the South China Sea and Taiwan and weeks after a Chinese warship tried to ram a US Navy destroyer. China Central Television presented a speech from President Xi – who has claimed the position in perpetuity –

when he met troops and generals on a tour of Guangzhou province. He told officers of the Southern Theatre Command: “It’s necessary to strengthen the mission … and concentrate preparations for fighting a war. “We need to take all complex situations into consideration and make emergency plans accordingly.” He also reportedly said the regional command was having to bear a “heavy military responsibility” as it was responsible for operations in the disputed South China Sea. READ MORE