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South China Sea: The Duran’s Editor Explains the Rise in Tensions (AUDIO)

140725-N-FC670-343 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 25, 2014) Forty-two ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations maneuver into a close formation during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon Renfroe/Released)

The biggest single brewing conflict in international relations is the one in the South China Sea, which is pitting the world’s two biggest powers, the US and China, against each other.

This forms part of an arc of conflict between the US and China that is starting to affect their relations.  In this interview with Radio Sputnik’s Live and Clear with Brian Becker, Alexander Mercouris, The Duran’s Editor-in-Chief discusses this conflict in detail.

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