Once again, the US has violated Chinese sovereignty and international law, exposing its hegemonic and militarized approach to the South China Sea. Despite urging dialogue with Beijing, American forces undermine the stability of the region and create risks to peace.
Beijing's claims to the South China Sea pose a severe threat to freedom of navigation, overflight, and free trade. To ensure these rights, the US has been carrying out navigation in full accordance with international law, which allows passage through these waters.
There's a 3% chance that there will be a deadly clash involving gunfire or explosives between the US and China before 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.