The Chinese and US flags flutter near the Bund on July 30, ahead of a meeting between US trade delegates and their Chinese counterparts in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters
Gregory Mitrovich
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Opinion

Gregory Mitrovich

How China and the US can avoid going to war, as tensions rise over Xi Jinping’s naval ambitions

  • China’s assertiveness is drawing comparisons with imperial Germany and raising the spectre of war with the US. To avoid a clash, Beijing must stop challenging US allies in the South China Sea and avoid policies that confront vital US interests

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The Chinese and US flags flutter near the Bund on July 30, ahead of a meeting between US trade delegates and their Chinese counterparts in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters
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A reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
Mark J. Valencia
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Opinion

Mark J. Valencia

As US-China rivalry hots up, what does the future hold for Southeast Asian security and the South China Sea?

  • No one should expect the sovereignty disputes over rocks and reefs to be resolved any time soon. But claimants including China and the Philippines may reach compromises and agree to joint development deals

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A reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP
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