Consider this "what if".
What if China's man made islands serve a defensive purpose (as I have been doing) but have the added benefit of being springboards to carry out offensive operations?
That puts them in a totally different light doesn't it?
If the conventional wisdom only has it half right. If they are for both defense and offense then we're looking at a type of aggression that is often talked about but rarely seen.
The iron fist is cloaked in a velvet glove and cherry blossoms.
China Defense Blog (yep...I link to them alot because they put out such good stuff...subscribe to them damn you!) has a post on it and the writers from the US Naval War College are definitely onto something. Long story short. We're not seeing the reality of these islands. This is a MUCH bigger deal than we're being told.