A report overnight in the South China Morning Post that China’s military forces have been ordered not to fire first in confrontations with the US …. is good news … I guess:
Says the Post:
- Sources say that troops have been given orders not to escalate situation as both sides step up their activities in the disputed waters
- Beijing said to be keen to cool the ‘tense and dangerous situation’ and agreed to a conversation between defence ministers after initially snubbing the request
Link to the Post is here for more, may be gated
Let’s hope a mistake is not made.