Beginning earlier this year, four-star Admiral Harry Harris, the U.S. Navy’s top commander in the Pacific, has spoken out in speeches, interviews, private meetings, and testimony to Congress urging that the U.S. take more aggressive action against what he characterizes as China’s push for hegemony in Asia. In early June, Chinese Admiral Sun Jianguo gave a speech at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore in which he implied that the U.S. looks to international law only when it’s convenient, and proclaimed China’s peace-loving intentions even as he threatened a fight. Which admiral’s comments more accurately describe the reality of what is happening in the South and East China seas?

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