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Indo-Pacific

U.S. needs nimbler Asia posture to blunt China's punch: study

Experts call for dispersed forces, smaller carriers in 'active denial' proposal

An F/A-18E Super Hornet takes off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Philippines Sea. The Quincy study group suggests a decisive shift away from carriers.   © U.S. Navy

TOKYO -- If the U.S. and China were to engage in a battle midway between the two countries, where time and geography were irrelevant, the American side still has superiority. But in reality, only a fraction of U.S. forces -- roughly 10 to 15% of its naval and air assets -- are deployed in the Western Pacific.

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