Japan Escalates Its Standoff With China in the South China Sea | VICE News

By Jennifer Peters
July 22, 2015 | 8:45 am

Japan has put its foot down — at least in writing — over China’s attempts to assert greater control of the South China Sea.

….Japan isn’t the only one pushing back against China’s expansion in the region. The Philippines is taking China to court over territorial claims to the South China Sea, with top Filipino officials appearing at The Hague to argue their case before a United Nations arbitral tribunal. China has called it a “political provocation.”

“The Chinese take kind of a Leninist approach to these things,” [Kelley Currie, a senior fellow with the Project 2049 Institute] said. “They probe with the bayonet until they hit steel, and then they’ll stop. When they start to see that people are serious about pushing back, then they will back off a bit.”

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