Trouble in the South China Sea

US Navy Photo: Ensign Mor G Rosenberg
Sailors on board the USS John S. McCain work with a Vietnam People’s Navy minesweeper as part of Naval Engagement Activity Vietnam 2014 in the South China Sea on April 12.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 05/21/2014 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 05/21/2014 12:49 am EDT

If you were running China and you wanted to distract your own population from economic woes at home by pushing one of your many territorial disputes with your neighbours into open conflict, which one would you choose?

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