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For several years, now, we've warned of the looming military showdown in the South China Sea.
We were one of the first U.S. media outlets to warn that Beijing's desire to effectively cordon off this slice of East Asia had put it on a collision course with Washington. Indeed, it would be at least a year before big news organizations like The New York Times finally grasped and began reporting on the conflagration potential of China's moves in this part of the world.
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