Russia, China and the risk of 'salami tactics'

Moscow’s behaviour in Ukraine underscores the risks of the strategies revisionist powers -- including China -- are deploying to subvert the status quo.

The MH-17 tragedy and Moscow's behaviour in Ukraine underscore the risks of the strategies revisionist powers are deploying to subvert the status quo from Eastern Europe to the South China Sea. While these strategies are diverse in their methods and objectives, they are marked by the same central assumption: so long as the stakes are escalated gradually and without overt use of force by the revanchist state, the leading democratic powers will remain irresolute in defence of distant interests.

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