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The Riskiest Spot on Earth

The plot in the South China Sea just keeps getting thicker.

And riskier - on both sides of the dispute that keeps escalating there.

We were one of the first U.S. media outlets to warn that Beijing's desire to effectively cordon off this slice of the ocean had put it on a collision course with Washington. Indeed, we were a good year ahead of big news organizations like The New York Times in seeing and reporting on the conflagration potential of China's moves in this part of the world.

The risks were so high, we told you, that an international incident involving some sort of shooting incident shouldn't be ruled out.

Since then, the risks have only escalated - and have been heightened still further by a new development this week.

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