US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shake hands before their bilateral meeting in Singapore on August 3. Photo: Reuters

South China Sea: how well do China and the US really know each other’s intentions?

Mark J. Valencia says Washington and Beijing both act as though they know what the other wants in the South China Sea, but may be falling victim to worst-case thinking that risks further conflict

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shake hands before their bilateral meeting in Singapore on August 3. Photo: Reuters
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