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The Disaffected Lib: Could the U.S. and China Stumble Into War?

We like to think that the United States and China have become so inter-dependent, their economies so entwined, as to rule out any major armed conflict between them.

But that’s a dangerous assumption to rely upon because it omits other factors and forces at play that drive U.S.-Chinese tensions.  We seem to be in that stage where both sides are at the gravest risk of misreading the other.

..there is a deepening hypersensitivity about borders in general and a sense that a “rightfully ours” patch of Chinese influence extends along an ill defined length of the western

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