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As China Gray Zone Warfare Escalates, U.S. May Stand to Lose First Shooting Battle

Rocky Weitz speaks with Newsweek about the complex situation between China and the U.S.' maritime strategies.

The United States and China are engaged in the world's most intense strategic competition. As this feud plays out in the waters of the Asia-Pacific, the two sides are conducting carefully calculated tests of the other's resolve.

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"China's recent investments in both the PLA Navy and the China Coast Guard have started to create a naval and coast guard imbalance in the Western Pacific vis-a-vis the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and allied Pacific Asian navies and coast guards," Rockford Weitz, director of Tuft University's Fletcher Maritime Studies Program and president of the Institute for Global Maritime Studies, toldĀ Newsweek.

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