Summary of Crashback
From CRASHBACK: The Power Clash Between the U.S. and China in the Pacific by Michael Fabey. Copyright © 2017 by Michael Fabey. Reprinted by permission of Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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Leaders in Beijing and Washington might mouth words of cooperation, but the reality in the South China Sea is far harsher. According to American journalist Michael Fabey, the world’s two superpowers are at war. It’s not a shooting war, thus far, but planes and warships do, occasionally, play chicken over the South China Sea. Indeed, Fabey reports, while this simmering dispute has been lost on many in the United States, China seems to consider the United States a mortal enemy. China continually runs roughshod over its neighbors and its biggest trading partner. What’s more, Fabey writes, China has taken pains to develop an anti-ship missile system that could render the formidable US Naval fleet powerless – and shift the balance of power in the South China Sea more definitively in its favor. Fabey’s meticulously researched and elegantly written book offers readers a front-row seat for these escalating hostilities.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why the United States and China are waging a “warm war” in the Western Pacific,
- How China has violated international norms and
- How the United States has responded to China’s actions.
About the Author
Michael Fabey is an award-winning American journalist who has written about military affairs for Defense News, Aviation Week and Jane’s. A Pulitzer nominee, he lives in Virginia.