Crisis Averted in the South China Sea

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This photograph taken on October 24, 2013 in the South China Sea shows a US fighter jet making its landing on the USS George Washington aircraft carrier.
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Looks like there’s been another “near-miss” in the South China Sea.

On December 5, a near collision between a Chinese warship and a U.S. guided missile cruiser ruffled the feathers of Chinese officials, who claim the U.S. boat had been “harassing” China’s aircraft carrier.

While there is relief that a crisis was averted, the underlying tensions between the U.S. and China remain.

Joining The Takeaway to explain is Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt, director of the Asia-Pacific Program at the United States Institute of Peace.