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US Indo-Pacific strategy is working, mainly thanks to China

Beijing's rising assertiveness has left it increasingly isolated

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A Chinese Coast Guard vessel passes over a Veitnamese ship in the South China Sea in May 2014: Indo-Pacific nations appear increasingly perturbed by China's behavior.   © Reuters

Derek Grossman is a senior defense analyst at the nonprofit, nonpartisan Rand Corporation. He formerly served as an adviser at the Pentagon.

The Trump administration's Indo-Pacific strategy has received a significant boost in recent months toward achieving its goal of keeping the region free and open from Chinese coercion. Ironically, China itself has been doing the boosting.

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