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Andrew S. Erickson: Beijing projects power through cooperation, intimidation

China's military development offers costs and benefits for its neighbors and the world. To understand why, look at two factors: technology and geography.

     In the contested "near seas" off China's coast (the Yellow, East China, and South China seas), Beijing is exploiting new developments to target neighboring militaries' vulnerabilities -- as well as those of the U.S., the Asia-Pacific's ultimate security guarantor.

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