There is almost a consensus among scholars and observers of world politics that we are entering a new phase in international relations. This is expected to be another period of great power rivalry.

It is not clear how this rivalry will unfold, nor it is clear what kind of conflict will take place over the coming years and decades. However, many believe that a major confrontation is inevitable.

There are different justifications for why we should expect such an eventuality. The increasing tension between the United States and China is one of the most popular explanations as the escalating number of crises and friction developing between the two major powers has contributed greatly to this emerging international system.

There is military, economic and technological rivalry between the two states, and the geopolitical tension in the South China Sea is also becoming a contributing factor to the tension between…

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