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Navy Times: 4-star admiral wants to confront China. The White House says not so fast.
The U.S. military's top commander in the Pacific is arguing behind closed doors for a more confrontational approach to counter and reverse China's strategic gains in the South China Sea, appeals that have met resistance from the White House at nearly every turn.
Adm. Harry Harris is proposing a muscular U.S. response to China's island-building that may include launching aircraft and conducting military operations within 12 miles of these man-made islands, as part of an effort to stop what he has called the "Great Wall of Sand" before it extends within 140 miles from the Philippines' capital, sources say.
Harris and his U.S. Pacific Command have been waging a persistent campaign in public and in private over the past several months to raise the profile of China's land grab, accusing China outright in February of militarizing the South China Sea.
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WNU Editor: The pundits are now getting involved .... US and China need more soft power, not military hardware, to resolve their differences (Tom Plate, South China morning Post). More here .... How The US Should Respond To China’s ‘Secret’ Weapon (Ryan Pickrell, Daily Caller).