The ships came within 45 yards of each other, marking the closest call yet as the US Navy contests China’s military buildup in the South China Sea. “A game of chicken is being played around Asia’s flash points,” said Brendan Taylor, an expert on the South China Sea at the Australian National University. The lack of an agreement between China and the United States on the rules of the game in the South China Sea raises the risk of a deadly mishap, analysts say. The rivalry between Beijing and Washington, however, centres on China’s territorial claim over virtually the entire South China Sea and US efforts to challenge it. In May, the head of the US Indo-Pacific Command, Adm Philip S Davidson, told Congress that China controlled the South China Sea “in all scenarios short of war.”That has led to a re-evaluation of the Navy’s strategic and spending priorities.
Source: bd News24 November 09, 2018 04:18 UTC