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A Chinese coast guard ship tries to intimidate a much smaller supply boat from the Philippines on March 29, 2014. The Philippine supply boat was on a humanitarian mission to resupply BRP Sierra Madre at Philippine-held Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratlys.

By Jun Medina
Philippine Inquirer

A prominent global security scholar has unmasked China’s “grand strategy” of gaining control of the Asia Pacific Region by “creeping expansion” rather than waging major battles.

Dr. Alexander L. Vuving, an associate professor at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies based in Honolulu, Hawaii, writes in an essay posted by Commentators.com that China is creating its own islands in disputed areas of the South China Sea to leverage its claim on the strategic areas teeming with marine life and potentially huge oil and gas reserves.

Beijing’s territorial claims — based on its self-declared horseshoe-shaped, nine-dash line map — cover areas close to…

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