Chinese pressures in the East and South Chinese seas have not diminished since newspaper articles last year hinting at war between Japan and China over the Senkaku islands. In fact although the tensions have escaped international attention China is still seeking to expand its territories and test the responses of its neighbors to territorial aggression. Recently China has expanded its reach into Philippine waters and President Aquino III has compared China’s expansion to Nazi expansion pre World War II.
China doesn’t seem to have any intention of slowing down its territorial aggression. In fact China is set to spend $148 billion in military expenditure this year, up $9 billion from 2013. While the expenditure will be significantly less than that of the U.S. it is still far and away the second most expenditure by an individual country.