Analysts keeping tabs on the issue were amazed at the sudden raising of the stakes by the US and China. I am sure the assessment of the writer below is echoed by many others:
|ST, May 22, 2015|
The overriding question was: Why is the US hardening its stance NOW?
It is still unimaginable why these two big powers would clash militarily or even go to war over the South China Sea. But one might be alarmed by some recent headlines:
'WAR IS INEVITABLE' | China state media warns US on South China Sea tensions
History’s Next Great War Zone: The South China Sea