The strategy to rule the Chinese must be with an iron fist what more when there are more than a billion people to govern. That was what Mao did after his triumphant communist march that ousted the Koumintang of Chiang Kai Shek. He laid the foundation of modern China.
China has become a power house. If they want to wallop the South China Sea islands let it be. Sounds simplistic, fatalistic and brutal to the peripheral countries. The west want to keep the maritime region the way they like (then and now) as if nobody can stop them. The playground of western imperialism is being challenged.
Tun Razak meeting Mao Tse-Tung.
Clap, The East (China) is Red, Dong Fong.