The South and East China Seas are looking more and more like Asia’s version of the Mediterranean, with all of the same problems that have plagued the Middle Sea for centuries. Multiple hostile states vying for control. Just as the Mediterranean has been a theater of conflict going back to time of the Mycenaeans, the South and East China Seas are now arenas of tension for numerous Asian nations struggling for resource rights amid competing historical territorial claims. Take a look at this article about the ongoing problems in Asian waters.
China is establishing a new garrison on Yongxing Island. This is meant to help solidify Chinese claims to the Spratly, Paracel, and Macclesfield Bank Islands.
Further north, there is a potential feud brewing between China and Japan over Okinawa.
To help us understand China’s motivation, here is another great piece by Jim Holmes of the U.S. Naval War College.
Tensions exist even between China and India in the theater.
Marc De Santis