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China's strategists are not supermen

As a fresh set of pictures of Chinese artificial islands in disputed areas of the South China Sea hit the U.S. media in late June, a growing number of influential policy analysts in Washington were already lamenting the lack of an effective American response to growing Chinese power and assertiveness in East Asia. They claim that democratic governments must respond to the vicissitudes of public opinion and daily events, making far-sighted planning -- let alone strategy -- all but impossible.

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