By Feng Zhang.
"In late 2013, Beijing started taking a very different approach to sovereignty disputes in the South China Sea...Instead of directly confronting the other regional claimant states, Beijing began the rapid consolidation of, and construction on, the maritime features already under its control."
"Is Beijing changing its strategy in the South China Sea or backing down because of pressure from Washington?...A more accurate way of looking at the issue, however, is to see that Beijing believes it has achieved enough in this round of island construction."
"land reclamation on the current scale and pace is threatening the policy priority of building a maritime Silk Road through Southeast Asia."
"It would be true strategic folly if unrestrained land reclamation serves no significant interests other than to drive ASEAN countries into the arms of the United States."
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