“We have extraordinary access now. Access is something that we have, and what the Chinese and others are trying to do is to drive us out of places that we already are. They're not putting up a barrier other than the most close-in kind of barrier, because we're already inside the wire, from their perspective.”

— Tom Donnelly of the American Enterprise Institute, discussing the notion of “anti-access, area-denial” military strategy in the cat-and-mouse game now being played by Beijing and Washington in the Pacific, on May 18.

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