At the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, China is getting hot under the collar as it come under criticism from both U.S and Japan. At the security forum, U.S Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has been quoted as saying Beijing’s "destabilizing actions" in the South China Sea region has a negative effect on the peace of the region. This is a sentiment echoed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
China has responded by accusing U.S and Japan of ganging up on China. They are right. U.S and Japan are ganging up on China but they are doing so because China is just such an easy target it would be stupid for them not to do so.
I mean you just have to look at the number of territorial disputes China has with its neighbors to know why. Almost every country on this side of the Pacific has a territorial dispute with China and this include China’s one-time potential ally, Vietnam. It escaped no one that no country at the Shangri-La Dialogue has come out to either defend China or criticized the U.S and Japan on this matter.
The logic for that is simple. If any country defends China, they may get into the good books of China but they will also get into the bad books of the U.S, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines and others. As powerful as China is, they are just not worth that much trouble.