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Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) –- U.S. Studies Centre CEO Bates Gill discusses the growing rift between China and the U.S. over the U.S.’s close encounter with Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea. He speaks to Rishaad Salamat on Bloomberg Television’s “On The Move.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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I am muslim dimon in singapore.

Let's have a closer look with our ceo about u.s. studies, joining us live from sydney by web can.

Is it more to it this time, do you think?

I think it may be more than saber rattling, the fact that the united states made such a public statement with regard to this encounter.

It tells me that it has probably been leading up to this type of action for some time, so we know that these take place relatively often.

For whatever reason, i think it is the proximity, as the americans said, provocative nature of this particular one that has made it such a public event in the headlines.

If we take washington's word for it that it was provocative, what was beijing's upside?

Probably, on the one hand, they want to try to make a very, very strong statement.

By forcing this come in the scents come into the public i think gives beijing an opportunity then to criticize the americans for their ongoing surveillance, which we should know immediately are entirely consistent with international practice, but it is an opportunity for beijing to highlight these actions, to give them a profile, and i suspect in so doing, they were trying to force it into a conversation whereby the americans would diminish these types of activities.

In other words, not patrol the high seas of east china and south china, correct?

Certainly in the south china seas.

There, i think the interest of the americans, this particular aircraft, a submarine surveillance aircraft, it is a relatively new addition to the american fleet, and, of course, this is precisely the area.

This is precisely where china established a relatively new submarine base, and some of the more advanced submarines are taking patrols in the south china sea and beyond, so this is a highly sensitive, new set of developments for china, and they are not happy that the americans are watching.

To what extent is this also a message to japan here, as well, with him of course, the backing of the united states?

I am not so sure it is a message to japan.

Maybe, we could argue, this could be the beginning of a more sort of posture on the part of china to exercise what it sees to be its sovereign control and protection of areas that a claims to be chinese territory.

Now, as you know, the entire south china sea is claimed based on what china says our historical rights to be chinese territory, and so, if that is true, then these surveillance flights off the coast of the island are flying above what the chinese claim to be their territorial waters.

Let's also look at this from another point of view.

You can read too much into what happened over the island, but then you start to question, what was the word that president obama used?

About asia?

It really does not bring it into question.

I think what the americans are doing is entirely consistent with international law and international norms, for that matter, and, of course, it is also consistent with the balance with asia, in that it is demonstrative of a continued american interest in the region and in our ability to help provide for some stability and security, so it does not really call it into question.

What is really problematic here is that these types of incidents could devolve into something much more dangerous, as they did in april of 2001, after the collision between a chinese jet fighter and an american surveillance aircraft.

So obviously, the two sides need to have a continued, much deeper

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