|Chinese exceptionalism: It's much simpler if they just own everything (via Wikipedia).|
Apparently the Emperor had no idea the Chinese military might build up islands in the South China Sea and use them for missile launch pads.
Mattis Accuses Beijing of ‘Intimidation and Coercion’ in South China Sea https://t.co/4ROkZv4LJf— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 2, 2018
What? You're wondering if Mattis is surprised? Or you're wondering whether you're surprised yourself? Or the question mark is a slip?— Post-Impressionist Liberal (@Yastreblyansky) June 2, 2018
The question mark is an illiteracy. You don't have to try to figure out what he means by it.
If you're surprised, you shouldn't be, they've been putting the Spratlys thing together since 2014 https://t.co/SGTdFBjgWq. They claimed ownership of the whole region in 2009 and militarized from there. https://t.co/BiTvFyDaQU— Post-Impressionist Liberal (@Yastreblyansky) June 2, 2018
Or did you think you were going to get them to stop by your brilliant dealmaking skills--when you gave President Xi such a nice piece of chocolate cake?— Post-Impressionist Liberal (@Yastreblyansky) June 2, 2018
You're such a loser. pic.twitter.com/OKwzekVx8Q
And come to think of it why are you surprised now by something that was reported on May 2? https://t.co/6FseDf50N5 … (I know the answer to that one--when Mattis told you you weren't paying attention, and Fox News didn't report it till today.)— Post-Impressionist Liberal (@Yastreblyansky) June 2, 2018
|Not as pretty as the Wikipedia map, but this one (via Quora) shows where the gas fields (gray areas) are.|