The USS Lassen has entered the 12-nautical-mile limit of Chinese controlled islands in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters

Beijing has options if US escalates challenge to its claims in South China Sea

China could send more ships and aircraft - or even copy the Russians who rammed US ships - but armed conflict is unlikely, analysts say

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The USS Lassen has entered the 12-nautical-mile limit of Chinese controlled islands in the South China Sea. Photo: Reuters
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