Increasingly frequent clashes between China and its neighbors heighten the risk of escalating tensions and military conflict over territorial claims in the East and South China Seas. Policy experts discuss a range of preventive measures aimed at mitigating miscalculations by sea captains or political leaders that could trigger an armed conflict.
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kin Moy testified at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on U.S. and Taiwan relations. Formal recognition of Taiwan ended in 1978, but the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 and other laws have allowed the U.S. to maintain diplomatic ties and conduct trade, including arms sales.
Chinese naval soldiers stand guard on China’s first aircraft carrier Liaoning, as it travels towards a military base in Sanya, Hainan province, in this undated picture made available on November 30, 2013.
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