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'Military clash' looms over Tillerson's tough talk, China warns

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 Cinnamon    26,214

China was quick on the saber-rattling in a Global Times op-ed. "China has enough determination and strength to make sure that his rabble-rousing will not succeed. Unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South China Sea, any other approaches to prevent Chinese access to the islands will be foolish."

Analysts suggested that Tillerson misspoke. Blocking Chinese access to the islands "could spark armed conflict," said Mark Fitzpatrick of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. "I can't help but think that he did not mean it this way."

Still, the Chinese op-ed continued, "If Trump's diplomatic team shapes future Sino-U.S. ties as it is doing now, the two sides had better prepare for a military clash."

An estimated $5 trillion of trade passes through the South China Sea each year. China has reclaimed more than 3,000 of acres of land and constructed military-grade infrastructure, and reportedly installed weaponry, on reefs and islets, mostly in the Spratly Island chain.



Everybody on the edge. 5 trillion in trade is definitely enough to start a war over. 


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