"I’ve never seen more white knuckles."
"The entire world has an interest in the South China Sea, but China has nearly 1.4 billion mouths and a growing appetite for nationalism to feed, which is a kind of pressure that no other country can understand."
“‘You’ve got the wrong science-fiction movie,’ one former highly placed U.S. official later told me, when I described what we saw at Subi, and what it might mean for the guys on Ayungin. ‘It’s not the Death Star. It’s actually the Borg from ‘Star Trek’: ‘You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.’ The scholar Huang Jing put it another, more organic way. ‘The Chinese expand like a forest, very slowly,’ he said. ‘But once they get there, they never leave.’”
Another fascinating interactive from NYT: A Game of Shark & Minnow