China’s rapid expansion into the South China Sea has been a global flashpoint since 2012, after a confrontation with the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal fishing reef.
However, tensions over the disputed territories extend well into the previous century. And China’s expansion is rooted in its understanding of its 5000 year old history.
As China expands, less powerful states look to the US for diplomatic mediation. These countries want an American security umbrella that stretches across the Asia-Pacific nicknamed the ‘American Lake.’
China’s long struggle over the South China Sea on Late Night Live – Separate stories podcast presented by Phillip Adams – listen below: