I think that is a valid line of argument too. China is winning at this poker game, or chess or whichever one you choose. The strategy, while seemingly unfair, is still good for the rise of China as it takes its spotlight as leader, whether regional or world. All of these moves will have trickle effects for many areas of commerce, military, educational and social enhancement. China is not going to negotiate this one. It's clearly a full-house and is the best hand at the table.
To China, it is their survival at stake.
To the US, it is to suppress another country from becoming a super power to ever challenge the US.
To the other countries in the disputes, some of them just want to benefit from this conflict between two great nations, while a few others are nothing but willing pawns in the game.
"China is not going to negotiate this one".
That is a wrong statement. China wants negotiation with each claimant in the dispute individually. Yet Philippines refused to talk one on one without bringing another dozen countries to back itself up. So it is Philippines refused to talk so far. Philippines also pointed fingers at other neighbors for not backing them up. So basically, "either you support me, or you are the bad guy too!".
Philippines had always pretended to be bullied in the dispute. Just look at what they did to a Taiwanese fishing boat. They opened fire and killed a fishman, then turned around and ran when a ROC warship showed up. So far all China did was to use water canons.
I also understand why Philippines suddenly feel they should own Spartly islands. It is indeed the distance.
The bottomline is, no one is absolutely right or wrong in this dispute. Yet the mainstream propaganda is clearly anti-China thanks to the US government's policy of suppressing any potential superpowers before they become too strong. You will not hear any actual factors support China in any of these news. It doesn't mean you can't dig deeper to see the facts which are left out intentionally by all the mass media. All the information are actually available online from credible sources.
One example when they had the actual location of the Chinese oil rig "off Vietnam" in one piece of news, I looked it up on the map and found the location was in fact closer to China than it was to Vietnam. It can only take people with independent thinking skills to see all the holes in the daily propaganda.