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Long-range missiles key to China deterrence: U.S. commander

Marine Lt. Gen. Rudder urges wider intelligence gathering network with Japan

Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific, attends a news conference near Tokyo in June.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- Long-range strike capabilities are crucial for the U.S. and Japan to deter hostile military activities in the Western Pacific, according to Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder, who leads the U.S. Marines in the Indo-Pacific region.

The assessment by Rudder, the commander of Marine Corps Forces Pacific, comes as China accelerates a naval expansion and looks to project power outside its traditional operating areas of the East and South China seas.

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