At a moment of increasingly dangerous military flexing both over Taiwan and in the South China Sea, the People’s Liberation Army has reportedly been ordered “not to fire the first shot” in any potential confrontation with the United States.

It suggests this emerging ‘new Cold War’ scenario could turn hot at any moment.

The South China Morning Post broke news of the standing military orders on Tuesday based on unnamed sources: China has told its service personnel “not to fire the first shot” as Beijing looks to de-escalate tensions with the United States in the South China Sea, it reports.



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