U.S., China and an Unthinkable War

Both Have Planned for a Conflict They Hope to Avoid

Published in: Los Angeles Times, Opinion, Aug. 26, 2013

Posted on RAND.org on August 01, 2013

by David C. Gompert, Terrence Kelly

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Although the China-U.S. agenda is jammed with pressing issues, from cyber espionage to currency rates, time must be found to improve procedures and channels to defuse crises and avert military miscalculation, lest the unthinkable becomes unavoidable. Political leaders in each capital should not wait for a crisis before scrutinizing war-fighting plans and insisting on ones that strengthen, not weaken, stability.

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