US and China headed on dangerous path to collision

Risks mount as Trump grows ever more desperate as presidential election looms

What would happen if the unstoppable American urge to cling on to global dominance runs smack into the immovable Chinese resolve not to be bullied into submission?

Well, a continuation of the existing tense but still non-violent stand-off is probably the best one can hope for. However, there is at least an even chance that sparks will fly and thus ignite a firestorm that some observers say is just waiting to happen. The next few months before the American presidential election in early November will be especially dangerous.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 05, 2020, with the headline 'US and China headed on dangerous path to collision'. Subscribe