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The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), the guided-missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65), the guided-missile destroyers USS Sampson (DDG 102) and USS Pinkney (DDG 91), and the guided-missile frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) operate in formation in the South China Sea. US Navy

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Gambit Risks Conflict With China

Option to challenge Beijing in South China Sea is fraught with danger.

SHANGHAI—After repeated and unheeded warnings to China to halt its massive reclamation works in the South China Sea, the U.S. is contemplating an option fraught with danger: limited, but direct, military action.

By sending U.S. warplanes over artificial islands that China is building, and sailing naval vessels close by—an option now under consideration, according to U.S. officials in Washington—America could end up being sucked more deeply into an increasingly heated territorial dispute between China and its neighbors, say regional security experts.

If such action fails to deter China, America will face a hard choice: back down and damage its credibility with friends and allies in the region, or escalate with the risk of being drawn into open conflict with China.

WNU Editor: China has made it very clear that any U.S. military presence will be a "crossing of the red line" .... China to defend sovereignty in South China Sea after US military 'plans' (Economic Times) .... and they will respond in kind. With all of these threats Asia is now looking at the U.S. and they are expecting the U.S. to respond .... but this is a dilemma. Failure to do so will mean an incredible "loss of face" .... responding may bring an armed conflict. My prediction is that because of what this naval deployment may entail, the final decision to send a military force will be a Presidential one .... and President Obama will order it ... and it will be an aircraft carrier strike force deployment

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