Beijing reacted harshly to a U.S. warship sailing near one of its newly created islands in a disputed area of the South China Sea. The action did not spark a confrontation or roll back any Chinese island-building activities, but it sent a high-profile message to both Beijing and U.S. allies that Washington wants to test Chinese sovereignty assertions and ensure freedom of navigation.
Some questions and answers:
WHAT IS THE IMPACT?
As in previous incidents, Beijing is likely to voice its outrage for a time, before reasserting the wisdom of the government's calculated approach to its crucial relationship with the U.S. However, the testy reaction underlines...