There are four potential flash points where conflict with China could break out. Beijing, though, has yet to present a 'nail' to the US 'hammer'.
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The deal represents a trade war truce but doesn't resolve the underlying tensions that led to the two-year-old conflict.
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin has new aspirations in Africa in pursuit of his country's assertiveness in the global arena.
In an era of big scientific collaborations, China's renegade actions have hurt its reputation. As international researchers back away, it may be the country's military that ultimately suffers.
Disruptive technology is fundamentally reshaping global security, and potentially laying the ground for a US-China conflict.
To understand how a new world war might play out, it's important to remember just how powerful the US really is.
The reports are speculative at best, but that hasn't stopped a torrent of over-wrought commentary on Chinese military expansion and the potential threat to Australia.