01 Feb '16, 9pm

Powers Jockey for Pacific Island Chain Influence

Powers Jockey for Pacific Island Chain Influence

Pacific Island Chains Measure Regional Influence US (right) and Chinese maps of the 1st and 2nd island chains differ, sometimes significantly. (Photo: staff) CONNECT TWEET 15 LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE WASHINGTON — The extensive chains of Pacific islands ringing China have been described as a wall, a barrier to be breached by an attacker or strengthened by a defender. They are seen as springboards, potential bases for operations to attack or invade others in the region. In a territorial sense, they are benchmarks marking the extent of a country’s influence. “It’s truly a case of where you stand. Perspective is shaped by one’s geographic and geostrategic position,” said Andrew Erickson, a professor with the China Maritime Studies Institute at the Naval War College. “Barriers is a very Chinese perspective,” said Erickson. “It reflects a concern that foreign military facilit...

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