A Chinese paramilitary policeman takes part in a training exercise in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, July 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Stringer

PETER APPS – Commentary: Here’s how a U.S.-China war could play out

For all the focus on terrorism, one of the most striking features of the last decade is that the risk of war between the world’s major countries has returned. For the first time since the fall of the Berlin wall, military thinkers in the United States, Europe and Asia are putting serious thought into what such a conflict might look like.

For a world with no shortage of nuclear weapons, that’s alarming. As I wrote last month, there is now not just a credible – if still limited – risk of conflict between Russia and NATO states, but also a real risk any such war would go nuclear.

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