In a disputed reef, Philippines sees face of Chinese domination

Posted by Robyn, May 23, 2013

China-Philippines dispute over Scarborough ShoalClaimed by both China and the Philippines, the mostly underwater reef has come to represent the dangers of Chinese expansionism.

“Scarborough today — tomorrow the world,” read banners at an anti-China demonstration last year in Manila.

In its quest to become a maritime power and to tap potential undersea oil and gas reserves, China is asserting sovereignty over various islands, rocks and reefs dangerously close to the shores of Japan, South Korea, MalaysiaBruneiVietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Despite pledges of neutrality from Washington, the dispute could easily entangle the United States, resurrecting Cold War alliances and putting to the test the Obama administration’s so-called pivot toward Asia.

via In a disputed reef, Philippines sees face of Chinese domination – latimes.com.