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Given that Vice President Biden just completed high level diplomacy on the matter of who owns the South China Sea, and that the Chinese military blatantly countered that with a miliary incident spells something about its effectiveness.

Situation

China has never gotten over Japan’s brutal invasion of its sovereignty in WWII. It never got over America’s opposition to its post-war communist government. It never got over America’s presence in Korea, Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

One mitigating fact remains, and that is that the US was in China to help fight the Japanese invaders. The US lost the battle for hearts and minds as communism won out over democracy and freedom in China.

“If someone enters your yard and told you he owns it, will you allow that?” President Aquino asked the Philippines parliament.”

VOA

China is redefining the boundaries of its yard without asking the neighbors. A story by the Voice of America asks if China is overplaying its hand? Of course, we think so.

“Is China Overplaying Its Hand in the South China Sea?
Posted July 27th, 2012

China is setting up shop on a tiny island in the South China Sea, deploying troops and civilian administrators in a move that is raising tensions in the region and seriously annoying Vietnam and the Philippines.

http://blogs.voanews.com/state-department-news/2012/07/27/is-china-overplaying-its-hand-in-the-south-china-sea/

A report from CNN’s Barbara Starr covering the Pentagon said that the USS Cowpens had to come to a full stop to avoid colliding with a Chinese warship. That is a close call.

“U.S., Chinese warships come dangerously close

By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
updated 6:52 PM EST, Fri December 13, 2013

The guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens on December 6 was involved in an incident with a Chinese military vessel, U.S. military officials confirm.

U.S. Navy ship forced to come to an abrupt stop in South China Sea

Chinese Navy ship apparently crossed within 500 yards”

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/13/politics/us-china-confrontation/

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