South China Sea showdown?

An exciting but carefully contained confrontation over the South China Sea with the United States and its Southeast Asian allies could be the solution, igniting nationalist passions in China and generating support for the regime, but the tricky bit is keeping it 'carefully contained.' Once you start down that road, you cannot be sure where it will take you.

And on Friday, President Xi Jinping declared that China will never compromise on sovereignty and is 'not afraid of trouble.'Photograph courtesy of Flickr

PUBLISHED :Monday, July 11, 2016 12:00 AM

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