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South China Sea

South China Sea stirs fears of Black Sea rerun as Shangri-La ends

Superpowers spar over waterway at Singapore summit; Malaysia warns of 'deadliest' war

A U.S. guided-missile destroyer conducts operations in the South China Sea in January 2022. China accuses Washington of meddling in the waterway.   © U.S. Navy via Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Speakers at this weekend's Shangri-La Dialogue security summit traded rhetorical fire over territorial disputes in the South China Sea, with superpower rivals China and the U.S. seeking support for their positions.

Sounding the alarm, Singapore's defense minister compared the waterway to the blockaded Black Sea, after his Malaysian peer warned the long-simmering tensions "could degenerate into one of the deadliest conflicts of our time, if not history."

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