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09.12.2012 18:32

Closer Look: Why War Is Not an Option

It is highly unlikely that China will fight a hot war with any of its neighbors over territorial disputes, but it should still reexamine who its friends really are
By Wang Shuo

There won't be a war in East Asia.

The United States has five military alliances in the western Pacific: with South Korea, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore, and American battleships are busy patrolling the seas. Without a go-ahead from Washington, there is no possibility of a hot war between battleships of sovereign countries here. As to conflicts between fishing boats and patrol boats, that's not really a big deal.

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