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As part of a joint military exercise with the Philippines, the U.S. Navy is slated to sink a mock warship on April 26 in the South China Sea.

The live-fire drill is not a response to increased tensions with China over Taiwan, as both the U.S. and the Philippines have stressed. But either way, Beijing isn’t happy – responding by holding its own staged military event involving actual warships and fighter jets deployed around Taiwan, a self-governed island that China claims as its own.

Krista Wiegand A scholar of East Asian security and maritime disputes, Associate Professor of Political Science Krista Weigand believes that the growing rivalry between the U.S. and China over dominance of the Pacific has the potential to define geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific region for the next half century. Read the full article on The Conversation.

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