China, China, China. That’s what we see in headlines and it’s what we see in the Pacific. Japan objects to 230 Chinese vessels swarming disputed islands.
Chinese jets swarm over its man-made islands. And none of the actions of China come accidentally.
CNBC reports a closed and undisclosed meeting of top Communist Party officials.
Beijing may be unaware that they are setting a precedent for each country in a dispute to send 230 vessels—or maybe not.
Maybe Beijing thinks other countries can’t compete with Chinese force. Or, maybe a confrontation is what Beijing wants.
The unreported factor in the Pacific dispute is that each country acts according to a psychology foreign to all others.