China doesn’t want to share.
Beijing retains South China Sea as core interest
The booming expansion of China’s military forces into the South China Sea will give Beijing de facto control of the area at the expense of Washington and Southeast Asian countries. Beijing’s level of assertiveness over the South China Sea remains one of the most problematic sources of instability for the region while the Chinese leadership is extremely determined not to make any concessions.
Although the Obama Administration has pledged to increase the level of American military presence under the auspices of its rebalance, China has been pursuing its ambitious brinkmanship policy since November 2015. Recently, China has confirmed the deployment of two batteries of HQ-9 air defence missiles and a radar station on Woody island, part of the Paracel chain of disputed island in the South China Sea.
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