Yes the Chinese are business minded, just as the British, French, Dutch, etc. were and are. That doesn’t mean they’re not imperialists. To think that they, or any nation with expansionist tendencies and a strong military, are benign is naive. So they ‘protect their trade routes’ by stealing and militarizing territory and fishing grounds? Who needs forts to ensure their trading rights? We’ve seen that movie before.Wrong .... Chinese are business minded people.
But they are very dependant on trade routes for this. Hence the Belt and Road initiative. Partly over land (rail), partly over the seas.
Their increased presence in the SCS is related to the latter, in effect protect their maritime trade routes that are vital for their import (oil) and exports.
The Strait of Malacca being a typical example.
The world has seen how the US is able (and politically willing) to cut off a.country from international transport (Cuba, Venezuela, Iran...)
Hence they want a strong Navy to protect their trade routes.
I say "protect" ! They dont need 70 nuclear subs, as they dont intend to invade the US. Contrary to the US who is always ready to attack / invade anyone.
Concerning the state of the US, you make me smile...
USA has HUGE economic, racial, health (include mental health), gun addiction, and extremist biparty politics problems....
BTW, you are aware that of the 5 biggest banks in the world, 3 are Chinese ?
Ok, 06:30 , time for my morning swim !
BTW the US didn’t blockade those three countries, they applied sanctions, against which fortifications have no effect.
Nice rant on the state of US society, but that has nothing to do with the price of eggs in China.