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Now, there's all sorts of stuff in the news, and that sort of thing. You just concentrate on what your company commander, your battalion commander tells you. Because if you read all that stuff, you know, you'll go nuts, you know what your mission is here. You've had to deploy on short notice to a nontraditional location and do your jobs. So you focus on doing that.
I did not want to immediately go in with a certain preset expectation of what they are going to say, i want to go in and do a lot of listening. I will be very clear about what we see developing, but that's the whole reason I am making the trip instead of just sitting in Washington reading news reports, intelligence reports or analyst reports.
China's policy in the South China Sea stands in stark contrast to the openness of our strategy, what our strategy promotes, it calls into question China's broader goals. China's militarization of artificial features in the South China Sea includes the deployment of anti-ship missiles, surface-to-air missiles, electronic jammers, and more recently, the landing of bomber aircraft at Woody Island.
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