American and Chinese flags pictured in Beijing. Armed confrontation between the two powers looks increasingly likely. Photo: AP American and Chinese flags pictured in Beijing. Armed confrontation between the two powers looks increasingly likely. Photo: AP
American and Chinese flags pictured in Beijing. Armed confrontation between the two powers looks increasingly likely. Photo: AP
Michael Vatikiotis
Opinion

Opinion

Asian Angle by Michael Vatikiotis

As US and China limber up for strategic contest, which Asia battles will they pick to fight?

  • A sharp increase in US-China rivalry has shifted the focus of geopolitical competition to Asia, where new proxy conflicts could now erupt
  • The most likely locus of direct confrontation is in the South China Sea, says Michael Vatikiotis, though a Mekong River clash could be more worrying

American and Chinese flags pictured in Beijing. Armed confrontation between the two powers looks increasingly likely. Photo: AP American and Chinese flags pictured in Beijing. Armed confrontation between the two powers looks increasingly likely. Photo: AP
American and Chinese flags pictured in Beijing. Armed confrontation between the two powers looks increasingly likely. Photo: AP
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