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In the past month, two of America’s treaty allies in the Indo-Pacific have demonstrated, that regardless of a nation or navy’s size, one of the best methods for dealing with an expansionist and aggressive China is to expose its bad behavior at sea, something the U.S. Department of Defense has been reluctant to do over the past decade.

Recent examples of such strategic thinking and action come from Australia and the Republic of the Philippines.

In the case of Australia, over the past month, the Chinese regime has dispatched two People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) auxiliary general intelligence (AGI) ships to closely monitor this year’s combined Exercise Talisman Sabre, which includes navies from the United States and Japan, and military personnel from Canada, South Korea, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. This is now the third time China has dispatched its spy ships to monitor what is Australia’s largest war-fighting exercise.

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