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China, the South Pacific and MacArthur's ghost

US must react firmly to Beijing's growing maritime reach or risk losing out

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U.S. President Donald Trump's most important strategic adviser on China right now could wind up being the late Douglas MacArthur.

Today China is pushing ahead with an aggressive strategy to dominate the so-called first and second island chains to China's east and south. MacArthur was the first to emphasize how crucial these were to restraining Communist Chinese aggression into the Pacific during the Cold War, and protecting America's own Pacific flank. China's ultimate goal is to push the U.S. out of the region, intimidate U.S. allies like Japan, and project Chinese maritime power as far east as Hawaii and Alaska.

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