Woody Island

Woody Island
China’s development of air force and military installations on this tiny outpost and other parts of the Paracel Islands will test the resolve of neighboring countries that all stake a claim to the region. But perhaps most worrying for China is that its actions here may provoke the USA which is still very much the security chief of Eastern Asia. And while physical control over the islands is in one sense more powerful that any tribunal or court decision (which China rejects in any case), control over the islands could prove a Pyrrhic victory for China if it alienates its neighbors and invokes the ire of the US.

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