Flashpoints in Asia

US-China tensions threaten Asia's peace

Diners at a Beijing restaurant watching as US President Joe Biden (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping met via video link on Nov 16, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS
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WASHINGTON - The rising tensions between the United States and China threaten Asia's peace and must be carefully managed to keep long-running flashpoints in the region from igniting into open conflict, said experts.

But the superpower rivalry is increasing the risk of military conflict between them in the Asia-Pacific, the International Crisis Group (ICG) wrote in a report on Friday (May 20) about strengthening US-China crisis management.

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