Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Hypewader in post 5 of now closed thread: http://www.sciforums.com/threads/china-preparing-for-armed-conflict-in-every-direction.105720/ noted: "... US military spending is nearly 7 times that of China. US: More than 700 military bases on foreign territory China: 0 bases on foreign territory US: More than 1/4 million troops deployed in foreign countries China: No troops deployed in foreign countries Brand USA: Declining goodwill around the world Brand China: Increasing goodwill and market share ... " And not much has changed; however, it appears that China is taken steps to make most of the area shown in map above, de-facto "Chinese controlled" despite the fact he cited about military power. Perhaps this is because of his last assertion. The surge of ~45 nations, including all of US's friends, except Japan, to join China's new AIIB replacement for the US dominated World Band, support his last assertion. Even Japan and US can not agree on the US's proposed IPP despite recent meeting in DC between Obama and Japan's PM. Watch this videos: http://news.yahoo.com/video/china-enforcing-airspace-above-spratly-085538154.html and read here: http://news.yahoo.com/china-fires-back-south-china-sea-claimants-reclamation-093122224.html and here: http://news.yahoo.com/china-says-philippines-violating-south-china-sea-code-022648120.html Photos below are satellite images of the Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands - January 22, 2006 (top) and on April 2, 2015 (bottom) Note residential cluster on lower's left end - Farther away for noise of new airport at other end. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! Question is: What can US do with it great military power vs China's great US treasury holdings about China's growing defacto control of South China Sea?