“Don’t say we didn’t warn you!”
The People’s Daily is the official newspaper of the Communist Party of China and has only used the warning two other times in its history. In 1962 before the border war with India and precluding the 1979 China-Vietnam war.
“We advise the U.S. side not to underestimate the Chinese side’s ability to safeguard its development rights and interests. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!” the People’s Daily said in a commentary titled “United States, don’t underestimate China’s ability to strike back.”
The paper then elaborates how it could strike back at the U.S. saying, “Will rare earths become a counter weapon for China to hit back against the pressure the United States has put on for no reason at all? The answer is no mystery.”
These materials are essential to the manufacture of cellphones, electric vehicles and sophisticated weaponry and is not a threat to be taken lightly.
This comes as a trade war between China and the U.S. looms ominously in the distance.