An accident or misinterpreted signal could set off a wider confrontation.
The danger level is low, but dialogue is needed to dial it down further.
The risk of an unintended collision between U.S. and Chinese ships or planes has grown as the two sides expand military activities in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait.
Heightened political tensions increase the escalatory potential for such an incident and make crisis management more difficult.
Why does it matter?
Although a full…