South China Sea drills show Xi Jinping and Donald Trump locked in a dangerous game

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 April, 2018, 3:57pm
UPDATED : Monday, 16 April, 2018, 3:57pm

The Chinese show of naval force in the South China Sea last week, to warn Taiwan and show support for Russia, shows that President Xi Jinping is giving as good as he gets when it comes to American bellicosity in the world (“China announces surprise live-fire Taiwan Strait drills after massive navy parade,” April 12).

Like President Donald Trump, the Chinese leader is conducting diplomacy wearing a velvet glove on one hand and holding a sword in the other. In this stand-off, it’s a question of who will blink first.

It’s a dangerous game they are playing, and the cost of it going wrong could be high for all of us.

All the more so with tensions rising between East and West in the Middle East, over the atrocious chemical attacks in Syria.

Terry Hewton, Adelaide