China's belligerence in the South China Sea may have ramifications for the communist state, it was reported early Wednesday.
Officials reported to the press that the U.S. is considering deploying aircraft and ships to contest Chinese claims it has made regarding disputed islands in the South China Sea.
China's neighbors have loudly objected to the building of military bases on disputed territory. China, as it tend to do in diplomacy, has outright lied and said it is not doing any building, despite satellite images to the contrary.
The options being considered are to fly surveillance aircraft or sail Navy ships nearby. Such a move would put the U.S. directly into a contentious territorial contest in East Asia, which, until now, the U.S. has avoided taking sides in.
China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam are all disputing sovereignty of several island chains and nearby waters.