Can a US war with China be limited?

There is growing global speculation that the possibility is rising for a US war with China with the focus on Taiwan.  Whether it is Taiwan or a clash elsewhere, for example in the Miyako Strait or the South China Sea, the question arises whether such a kinetic conflict would be limited, or would end up in a general war. The Great Powers — namely the US, Russia (before USSR) and China — have generally tried to avoid direct conflict with each other.  In the Korean War, for example, the Yalu River was the US no-go line to avoid a head-on fight with China.  Even after China sent “volunteers” into Korea, the US held back on any direct battle in China’s territory, although some military leaders, General Douglas MacArthur among them, wanted