China and the Asian peace

In the ongoing US-China contest for influence, one question is of utmost importance to third countries: Which system is more likely to produce peace?

Philippine Coast Guard personnel surveying several ships believed to be Chinese militia vessels in the South China Sea in April. PHOTO: REUTERS
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The intensifying Sino-US contest is being fought on many fronts.

The prospects of warfare, for instance, are the preoccupation of those in the military. But there is a broader question that needs to be asked, one that goes beyond the rivalry played out in gross domestic product figures and the number of missiles: Which system is more likely to produce peace? It is a question of the utmost importance to third countries, particularly those that are small.

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