Yuriko Koike, Japan's Former Minister of Defense | May 25, 2012
China is locked in territorial disputes with its neighbors. ++ China is quarreling with Japan over the Senkaku Islands and with the Philippines over Scarborough Shoal, both of which are far outside of China's territorial waters. ++ China is dangerously close to declaring the entire South China Sea as its own. ++ Increasing Chinese military activity frightens nearby countries. ++ Unless it embraces multilateral discussions, China's ever expanding interests in the South China Sea will remain the main cause of instability in East Asia.