Sunday 22 April 2018

US warned of 'hazardous collision course'

US Navy FA-18 Hornets park on the flight deck of the USS George Washington on Thursday, during the annual exercise at sea
US Navy FA-18 Hornets park on the flight deck of the USS George Washington on Thursday, during the annual exercise at sea

Tom Phillips Shanghai

THIS week saw warnings from the Chinese state that Washington's "meddling" in Beijing's long-running territorial disputes with Japan risks placing China and the US on a "hazardous" collision course.

An editorial in the English language 'China Daily' claimed that by flying two B-52 bombers through Beijing's newly declared "Air Defence Identification Zone" (ADIZ) earlier this week Washington had been "anxious to send a message to intimidate".

However, those attempts – coupled with Tokyo's "dangerous belligerence" – now risked causing a dangerous escalation in the region, the newspaper claimed. "There is no guarantee the United States will not be dragged into something it did not want," the 'China Daily' argued.

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