121 steps too far

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has been met with a reprtedly frosty reception in Beijing, where she raised the thorny matter of new bases on the Spratly Islands. As the foreign minister endures the snubs, she might find distraction in the ironic consequence of China’s expansionist policies, which make it make more vulnerable, not less. David Archibald explains:

…. The South China Sea is a natural kill box, much the same as the Mediterranean proved to be during World War Two. Chinese aircraft and ships supporting their bases in the Spratlys would have to run the 1,000 km-long gauntlet from Hainan Island. If the Chinese aircraft and ships stay away from the Vietnamese on the western side, they make it easier for American aircraft to attack them from the east, coming and going….

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