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A Distinction Without a Difference

Less than 2 weeks ago, Dr. Adrian Hearn, a specialist in Asia-Pacific studies at the University of Melbourne, spoke regarding whether tensions between the United States and China would result in a military confrontation. Here are the exact words he used:

I would refer to this as a flashpoint more than as an imminent point of ignition.

I must admit to being confused. If a flashpoint isn’t an imminent point of ignition, what exactly is it?