Danger: A looming war between China and the United States
For the last six months, the United States and China have been engaged in a steadily escalating war of nerves, with relations now at their worst since the Korean War of the 1950s. Many have likened the current situation to a new cold war, but there is now an increasing danger of it transforming into a hot war as hostility keeps spiraling upward.
At every stage, China has responded tit-for-tat to American actions, from limitations on journalists to closure of consulates. But now China is worried that things may get out of hand. The reported order to its South China Sea forces not to "fire the first shot" is clearly aimed at overzealous military personnel. ...