Why China is Building Islands in the South China Sea

China claims they aren’t military bases, but their actions say otherwise. This was originally published over a year ago, Feb. 17, 2017. China’s actions are causing disputes among other nations in the region; Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, and Indonesia. The U.S. has many allies in the region and uses its massive Navy to patrol international waters, keeping shipping lanes open for trade. However, what has recently happened to our trade commitments and activities?