A helicopter launches from the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea on July 17, 2020. Photo: US Navy via ReutersA helicopter launches from the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea on July 17, 2020. Photo: US Navy via Reuters
A helicopter launches from the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea on July 17, 2020. Photo: US Navy via Reuters
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Editorial by SCMP Editorial

Engagement needed to create a mechanism to ease the risk of conflict

  • Beijing and Washington are at loggerheads on a growing number of issues and at the same time are ramping up military preparedness
  • Rational senior officials on both sides are keen for dialogue to head off confrontation, but until political will is shown, regional destabilisation will worsen

A helicopter launches from the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea on July 17, 2020. Photo: US Navy via ReutersA helicopter launches from the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea on July 17, 2020. Photo: US Navy via Reuters
A helicopter launches from the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in the South China Sea on July 17, 2020. Photo: US Navy via Reuters
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