Ishaan Tharoor, The Washington Post: How the U.S. and China could go to war
It's 2034 and a war is about to begin. A flotilla of three U.S. naval destroyers is furrowing a path through the South China Sea, a contested body of water that is the thoroughfare for a significant proportion of global trade.
Near the ominously named Mischief Reef, they encounter and board a Chinese vessel. And then things start to spiral.
Far-reaching cyberattacks cloud the United States' ability for strategic action. Conventional warfare and sea battles lead to dramatic losses for both sides.
An array of other countries get pulled into a conflict that sees strategists resort to the most dangerous of measures.
Ultimately, no one really wins.
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