The PLA reported to President Li that its ready for a showdown in the South China sea. For China to be recognized and respected as a world power it must initiate a showdown that it will win. This is so urgent that Obama, is making a quick dash to Asia again. Its probably too late. Chinese leaders are facing a restive population due to the economic downturn, nothing better than to stir up historical injustices to keep them united. So when the PLA pointed out that Western powers annexed lands thousands of miles from their homeland, it got cheers, Guam, Puerto Rico, Mariana.
The U.S will have concede the south China seas to China, this is not in dispute, its just a matter of when. What Reagan did to the USSR, China is now doing to the U.S, forcing your enemy to spend precious borrowed dollars on maintaining a vast outdated Military industrial Complex. Its widely accepted that Britain lost its world power status when it fail to defend the Suez Canal, it then spent the next 30 years withdrawing from around to the world to an economic has been.
An so Obama is quickly making another trip, the sun is definitely setting.