Over the last few years, China has improved its naval capabilities. The country has acquired a number of sophisticated warships. It has built artificial islands as military bases in the South China Sea, which has made the country a peer competitor of the US in those waters. With all the tension that is going on between China and the US, a slight move could spark a big war. Specifically, four distinct maritime “flashpoint” zones can cause war in the waters between China and the US. Such four distinct maritime “flashpoint” zones include Taiwan Strait, Japan, and the East China Sea, the South China Sea, and other distant waters around China’s other neighbors.