SOUTH CHINA SEA tensions could result in Beijing launching military action against the US, an expert has warned.
The US and China have been battling for supremacy in the disputed waters as Beijing ramps up its military ambitions in the South China Sea. Washington has for years stepped in to help neighbouring Asian countries who have been threatened by China’s military. This has included more patrols of US warships, which experts have warned could lead to accidental conflict.
Professor Oriana Skylar Mastro from Georgetown University told the Council of Foreign Relations in June how the situation in the South China Sea could unravel.
She said: “I think there are some factors that show if China cannot achieve its goals, de facto control of the South China waters, it could escalate.
“The US could act more assertively, leading to aggression on the part of China.