Thanks to Hegamonic China, the Spratley Islands and the Scarborough Shoal are the new Dokdo/Takeshima despite the islands being in the Philippine’s Exclusive Economic Zone. Though for some reason the creator of this map included Ferdinand Marcos’ old claim for Sabah. Word is that China’s started a cyber war and is DDoSing PLDT internet connections within the country.
What this map is missing is the presence of the US 7th Fleet sitting between Taiwan and the mainland. While regional hegemony is heavily in favor of the PRC, the US and its huge military presence should never be forgotten.
It seems for now China will continue to play the fence on the North Korea problem. I feel that eventually China will have to make a final decision of how far it is willing to support Asia’s problem child. However, the next few weeks will be huge in determining what happens in North Korea. As the Kim Jong il’s son begins to take power and the world begins to learn more about him, I think China will be able to better assess its support for North Korea, which at this point it is just blindly throwing around.