The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan recently carried out drills near the Chinese coast. Photo: EPA-EFEThe USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan recently carried out drills near the Chinese coast. Photo: EPA-EFE
The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan recently carried out drills near the Chinese coast. Photo: EPA-EFE

South China Sea: Chinese military told not to fire first shot in stand-off with US forces

  • Sources say that troops have been given orders not to escalate situation as both sides step up their activities in the disputed waters
  • Beijing said to be keen to cool the ‘tense and dangerous situation’ and agreed to a conversation between defence ministers after initially snubbing the request

Topic |   South China Sea
The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan recently carried out drills near the Chinese coast. Photo: EPA-EFEThe USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan recently carried out drills near the Chinese coast. Photo: EPA-EFE
The USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan recently carried out drills near the Chinese coast. Photo: EPA-EFE
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