China Will Use Economic Pain to Hinder U.S.’s Pacific Missile Deployment

China Will Use Economic Pain to Hinder U.S.’s Pacific Missile Deployment
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Beijing's leverage looms over American allies like Philippines and South Korea.

"The military balance in the Pacific is going in the wrong direction," said former U.S. defense department strategist Elbridge Colby recently. Following the dissolution of a landmark arms control treaty in early August, the U.S. is now eyeing where it might field missiles as a counterweight to China's sizable arsenal.

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