Owing to geography and geopolitics, my country the Philippines finds itself in the middle of an escalating conflict between the United States and China.
The big why for Filipinos, Vietnamese, Malaysians, and Indonesians is: Why is China behaving in this crude, big power fashion in the South China Sea?
This brings up a related question: Is China an imperial power like the United States and other western powers that preceded it as powers on the world stage?
Does this mean that China is becoming an imperial power in the image of the West, where force either preceded or was quick on the heels of economic expansion?
This series is based on the recently published study by Focus on the Global South titled China: An Imperial Power in the Image of the West?