Territorial claims

Animals shower pee on plants, trees, ground, and any prominent features in the surrounding landscape to mark the limits of their territory, a smelly warning to any intruders of dire consequences if they dare intrude into this verboten topographies.

People behave much the same way and this is nowhere truer than the current "pee spraying" by two top dogs on the planet, the United States and China.

China's strategy of claiming territories outside the mainland is defined by the "first island chain" consisting of the Kuril Islands, Japanese Archipelago, Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan, the northern Philippines, and Borneo. It also includes the Kamchatka Peninsula to the Malay Peninsula.

The first island chain starts at the northern end of the Russian Far East coast north of Sahkalin Island, but others consider the Aleutians as the farthest north-eastern first link in the chain.
Chinese military doctrine says it must secure and disable American bases, aircraft and aircraft-carrier groups to defend itself. It must tactically unleash a pre-emptive attack against its perceived enemy.

The aim of the doctrine is to seal off the Yellow Sea, South China Sea, and East China Sea inside an arc running from the Aleutians in the north to Borneo in the south and American think tanks says by 2020, China will be well on its way to having the means to achieve its first island chain policy.

Inside the first island chain, China spread more pee by delineating the South China Sea with the 10-dash line, claiming 80 percent of the three million square miles that include Taiwan and the Philippine-owned Panganiban Reef, Bajo de Masinloc, and lately attempts to grab Ayungin Shoal.
Not satisfied, China marked a Second Island Chain on the map, consisting of a series of islands that runs north to south from the Japanese archipelago to the Bonin and Marshall islands.

The United States responded by its "Pivot to Asia" strategy, which remains a murky concept to many, since many Chinese believe it to be a containment strategy, like what the US did against the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Hawks would interpret the pivot as shifting or rebalancing America's military might towards Asia to face China' growing military strength, while the doves are saying that it is more a confrontation on the economic front.

Wu Jianmin, China's ex-ambassador to the United Nations, says that the Chinese have learned the bitter lesson not to engage in an arms race, following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Speaking at a CNN interview, Wu said China would rather concentrate in the economy to promote the lives of 1.3 billion Chinese and not try to outrace the US militarily like the USSR did, which led to its collapse following the decades-long Cold War.

National Security Adviser Tom Donilon clarifies the definition of "pivot" as America's desire for a "stable security environment and a regional order rooted in economic openness, peaceful resolution of disputes, and respect for universal rights and freedoms."
(To be continued)