A recent editorial published by The Global Times has reportedly urged a war against Australia for supporting the international ruling on China’s activities in the South China Sea. The article has reportedly called for a military strike on Australian ships that enter the South China Sea.

The article claims that China must take revenge, and that Australia’s power is nothing compared to the former’s security. Therefore, if Australia steps into the South China Sea waters, it will be an ideal target for China to warn and strike.

Earlier this year, the Commander of the US Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Joseph P Aucoin, met the Australian defence leaders to discuss the growing concerns with Beijing’s military expansion in the region. Aucoin said it would be in the region’s “best interests” if Australia and other nations sent warships within 12 nautical miles of disputed territory in the South China Sea, reported by ABC News.

According to the editorial, Australia is not even a “paper tiger;” it’s only a “paper cat” at best. “Australia calls itself a principled country, while its utilitarianism has been sizzling. It lauds Sino-Australian relations when China’s economic support is needed, but when it needs to please Washington, it demonstrates willingness of doing anything in a show of allegiance,” claims Global Times.

The article further claims that Australia is one of the most delirious countries “with an inglorious history.” It also believes that Australia’s claims over Antarctic territory is a clear case of hypocrisy. It says that the nation showed double standards “as if no one had a memory of what it did and said over the Antarctic.”

“Australia has unexpectedly made itself a pioneer of hurting China’s interest with a fiercer attitude than countries directly involved in the South China Sea dispute. But this paper cat won’t last,” the Global Times said.