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The Ultimate Way to Deter China: Why Island-Chain Defense Can Work

June 10, 2019 Topic: Security Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: ChinaJapanMilitaryTechnologyWorld

The Ultimate Way to Deter China: Why Island-Chain Defense Can Work

"Message to Beijing: you can try to deny U.S. and allied forces access to the Western Pacific or the freedom to move around within the theater, but you will see your access and freedom of movement curtailed if you do. Strewing missiles of various kinds along the island chain while deploying manned and unmanned aircraft and ships of war nearby would seal up the straits through which surface and air traffic must pass to reach the broad Pacific." 

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James Holmes is J. C. Wylie Chair of Maritime Strategy at the Naval War College and coauthor of Red Star over the Pacific. The views voiced here are his alone.