Now that we have a decent idea of the history of Chinese, East Asian, and US diplomacy and foreign policy, it's time to throw all of this into the crucible of the South China Sea. It's a powderkeg of epic proportions, but it's something most Americans know very little about. This is a really important issue and a big pivot point in the upcoming American presidential election.
"We're gonna need a bigger boat."
Claims in the South China Sea
Outposts in South China Sea
Claims and Facilities
Oil and Gas in South China Sea
Chinese Territorial Claims
Naval Power in East Asia
Images of Buildup
The Peoples’ Daily archives
Lots of Wikipedia: Spratly Islands, Spratly Islands Dispute, South China Sea Dispute
Taylor Fravel, Strong Borders, Secure Nation
Philippines provocation leading to fruit embargo: http://foreignpolicy.com/2012/09/17/trouble-in-the-south-china-sea/
AWESOME timeline: http://www.cnas.org/flashpoints/timeline