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China and the United States could be on the brink of open conflict in the Indo-Pacific as tensions between the two nations continue to grow. Washington has been at loggerheads with Beijing over its increasingly hostile behaviour towards both the South China Sea and Taiwan. And the shooting down of a Chinese surveillance balloon on February 4 has only exacerbated tensions gripping the two nations, fuelling concerns of a potential war.
Geopolitical analyst Irina Tsukerman told Express.co.uk the growing divide between the two nations could set the stage for a potential military escalation in the South China Sea.
Tsukerman said: “China is not particularly concerned about friendly gestures at the moment because where it matters – in the South China Sea- the preparations on both sides are gearing up towards an escalation of military preparation.
“The US is increasing its military presence, and China increasingly brazenly threatens various countries, including Taiwan and Japan.
“The stage is being openly set for a potential war, or at the very least, a “Cold War”, and the incident only enhances that perception.”
China has long been at loggerheads with the Philippines and Vietnam as well as other regional players in the Indo-Pacific over the sovereignty of the South China Sea.
They have also become increasingly hostile towards Taiwan, sparking concerns Xi Jinping might launch an invasion to forcefully reunite the island with mainland China.
The national security lawyer added that China’s openness to providing Russia with weapons to continue fighting in Ukraine is showing Beijing is no longer overly concerned about a US response.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken last weekend said new intelligence showed China is considering giving “lethal support” to Moscow in the shape of tech and weaponry.
Tsukerman said the response to the Chinese spying balloon earlier this month had been seen as a sign of weakness for the United States and spurred Beijing into pushing forward with its hostile conduct.