U.S.-China tensions rise sharply in the South China Sea. Communication between their militaries has been severed, heightening the risk of accidental conflict. A recent incident saw a Chinese jet dangerously close to a U.S. aircraft. China had halted military talks with the U.S. after a 2022 Taiwan visit by a U.S. official. This lack of dialogue creates a precarious situation, with fears of further aggressive encounters increasing.