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China's Dubious Land Grab in the South China Sea

There's a fine line between historic territorial claims and naked colonialism.

Re-conquering old seas.

Photographer: GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s claim of jurisdiction over pretty much the entire South China Sea boils down to this: Dudes, we’re back. That is, after a century of humiliation at the hands of foreign powers and 67 years of rebuilding since the Communists took power,  the country is ready to reassert dominion over a body of water that has been in its sphere of influence for millennia.

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