What’s Really Behind China’s Island Building?

This new twist on familiar activities stems from China’s spectacular creation of seven new islands in this enclosed sea.

The new islands undoubtedly symbolize China’s claim to exclusive privileges in this area, but they also invite a question: when was China’s Politburo persuaded that they needed a shock-and-awe event in the South China Sea to secure a positive outcome, that is, to finally suppress resistance to China’s ‘historical’ claim to the greater part of this sea? [READ MORE]