Showdown: How a U.S.-China War Could Start in the South China Sea
The National Interest -

Robert Farley

Security, Asia

Three ways, to be exact.

Here are three ways in which tensions in the South China Sea might lead to conflict.

Neither China nor the United States want war, at least not in the near future.  China’s military buildup notwithstanding, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and its components are not ready to fight the United States.  The U.S., for its part, would surely prefer to avoid the chaos and uncertainty that any military conflict with China would...

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