There is something about human history that always winds up being true. Catch your breath, wait a few years, and a new powerful nation will wind up being hated and feared. Whether it is France or Egypt or Germany of America, there is always a new power on the scene which makes other nations angry and their hearts filled with fear. Satellite photos reveal that China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly islands which will soon be able to handle planes as well as ships. This area is claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines, and Taiwan. Why is everyone interested in the Spratly islands in the South China Sea? One word is the answer: OIL.
Always follow the oil and you will wind up with a nation that creates fear. Remember the days when Saudi Arabia could threaten the world by increasing or decreasing their output of Oil? China is simply the new bully on the block. Former enemies like the US and Vietnam are now allies in the fight to prevent China from controlling oil in the area. The circle of power goes round and round, and some nation emerges for the new bad guy.