Avascent Global Advisor Wallace “Chip” Gregson recently penned an op-ed for The National Interest laying out a strategic vision to counter Chinese expansion across the South China Sea. Lieutenant General Gregson (USMC, Ret.) highlighted that a recent U.S. Pacific Command exercise with the Philippines that ended in mid-April demonstrated U.S. and allied capabilities and hoped it signaled the beginning of a sustained U.S. presence embedded with its allies in the region. The piece went on to argue that one exercise should not be the end of the United States’ work and that the challenge will be to maintain both deterrence and strong diplomacy so allies are reassured of U.S. support, while China is reassured that the United States and its allies are not trying to keep China down. Read the full piece by Lieutenant General Wallace “Chip” Gregson (USMC, Ret.) here.