Brief: Chinese Warplanes in Malaysian Airspace

Beijing is keen to get its air force some practice conducting logistics operations over long distance.

Background: China’s biggest strategic challenge is preventing foreign powers from using the first island chain to box in Chinese forces or blockade vital Chinese sea lanes. To address this, China has focused on steadily pressuring weaker littoral states around the South China Sea with both economic and military moves, so that they’ll conclude that China’s […]

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