"The law of unintended consequences is in danger of taking the upper hand. “The two sides may thus be stumbling blindly into severe crisis instability and growing competition by China with respect to strategic forces,” Lewis argues. “A competition between unevenly matched forces is inherently unstable.”"
"'We need to co-operate with China where we can and confront China where we must,” Adm Harris said in Washington last week, describing Chinese behaviour as at times “provocative and aggressive'."
"China’s faux “white hulls” amount to a symbolic shot across the bow of Japanese forces, said Jeffrey Hornung, a fellow at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation."
"'China is probing, in part, to provoke a Japanese overreaction,” Yoshihara said. “Such an overreaction would allow China to depict Japan as the aggressor and would in turn give Beijing some diplomatic cover to counter-escalate to achieve its operational aims in the East China Sea.'"
"“This action by the US side threatened China’s sovereignty and security interests, endangered the staff and facilities on the reef and damaged regional peace and stability,” Lu Kang told reporters."
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