By Amitabh Kant – 17 February 2018 09:04:38The two countries are engaged in a bitter dispute over who controls what territory in the South China Sea, but the tension has only increased in recent months.
China’s military claims have triggered a wave of international protests, prompting Beijing to deploy nuclear-capable submarines and patrol aircraft near disputed islands, which are disputed with Vietnam, Taiwan and the Philippines.
But a string of recent high-profile incidents, including the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman and the burning of Chinese-owned US-made equipment at a factory in South Carolina, have led to a diplomatic thaw between the two countries.
The standoff has been compounded by a string to date of increasingly vocal calls from China’s ruling Communist Party (CCP) for Washington to recognise the South Chinese Sea as its territory.
And while both sides have taken steps to improve ties, the simmering tension over the South Sea has made headlines across the world.
What do you think about the recent incidents?
Is it the start of a new Cold War?
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