"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
"In China nothing is clear… The public don’t know what officials are up to. But mistresses live with government officials, they spend their money, they know about everything that goes on. When a mistress stands up, the truth comes out."
"Slow down and put your horn away." f_letter