Asia’s New Battlefield: The Philippines’ South China Sea Moment of Truth


Richard Javad Heydarian


The National Interest


 April 29, 2016


A specter is haunting Asia—the specter of full Chinese domination in the South China Sea. Latest reports suggest that China could soon move ahead with building military facilities on the Scarborough Shoal, a contested land feature it has occupied since 2012. This would allow China, according to a Mainland source, to “further perfect” its aerial superiority across the contested waters.