Since the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the world has had one undisputed economic superpower: the United States. But while the U.S. has enjoyed its moment in the sun, the balance of power has been slowly shifting towards the inevitable rise of China.
Despite Chinese officials reassurance that “military means shouldn’t be an option, ” WSJ reports that China has been bolstering defenses along its 880-mile frontier with North Korea and realigning forces in surrounding regions to prepare for a potential crisis across their border, including the possibility of a U.S. military strike .
/ 2016-12-16 10:26
A Chinese Navy warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by an American oceanographic vessel in international waters in the South China Sea, triggering a formal demarche from the United States and a demand for its return, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Friday.
The incident — the first of its kind in recent memory — took place on Dec. 15 northwest of Subic Bay just as the USNS Bowditch, an oceanographic survey ship, was about to retrieve the unmanned, underwater vehicle (UUV), the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
(This story has been refiled to correct first paragraph to say ‘formal’ demarche, not ‘former’)
(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)