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  •  There was an article in the NYT mag last week (0+ / 0-)

    About the Spratly Islands in the south China sea just west of the Philippines wherein China has been staking claims by surrounding them with boats and building up the ones that are semi habital in an effort to gain control of the region and it's resources - seafood and natural gas.

    On one of these islands, Ayungin - more of a reef really, the Philippines have beached a rusty old Viet-Nam era U.S. battleship and stationed 8 Filipino Marines there in an effort to thwart the Chinese from taking that island too. Those dudes and even the Chinese who are positioned on the other islands are in for a rough time.

    This has been a bit under the radar, but the U.S. has been very concerned about the actions of the Chinese there - it's currently heading to court and all the while the Chinese just keep swallowing up islands. If the storm blows them of, well, that could change things a bit.

    Here's that article.

    Impeach Gary Bettman

    by Edanger6 on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 02:19:33 PM PST

    •  A quote from said article (0+ / 0-)
      To understand how Ayungin (known to the Western world as Second Thomas Shoal) could become contested ground is to confront, in miniature, both the rise of China and the potential future of U.S. foreign policy. It is also to enter into a morass of competing historical, territorial and even moral claims in an area where defining what is true or fair may be no easier than it has proved to be in the Middle East.

      The Spratly Islands sprawl over roughly 160,000 square miles in the waters of the coasts of the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan and China — all of whom claim part of the islands.

      Impeach Gary Bettman

      by Edanger6 on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 02:24:17 PM PST

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