Some analysts suggest that China is getting aggressive in the West Philippine Sea for a good reason. It’s a part of its long-time strategy to establish itself as a global power, and exceed the west in terms of military might. And one way China can do that is to put on a scary face, flex its armed forces, and intimidate the smaller nations of South East Asia into submission. In this way, it could easily occupy a territory and establish a foothold in the Pacific, without armed struggles. At some point, though, some South East Asian Nations are learning to hold their ground, though Philippines is criticized for the seemingly cowardly way it handles the Chinese incursions.