Deeper trade relations cannot stop war

Conflict between China and the United States’ regional partners over the South China Sea is not unlikely

Deeper trade relations cannot stop war over South China Sea – expert

By Camille Diola

MANILA, Philippines — An armed conflict between China and the United States’ regional partners including the Philippines, over the South China Sea is not unlikely despite the countries’ deep economic ties, an Australian security expert said.

Alan Dupont, professor of International Security at University of New South Wales, said in a statement that China may choose to risk financially as it seeks to dominate the strategic waterway claimed by its neighbors and challenges the US’ pre-eminence in the region.

“It should not be forgotten that Britain and Germany’s extensive trade ties in the early 20th century did not prevent them going to war in 1914,” Dupont said, referring to the first World War.

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Source: philstar.com

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