South Korea has long maintained singular military focus on its capricious neighbor to the North. Recently, however, its attention has begun shifting toward China, thanks to a territorial dispute over a submerged rock in the ocean between them. China recently renewed its claim to the Leodo rock, near South Korea’s Jeju island, prompting alarmed officials to consider an increased naval presence to counter China’s assertiveness. The Korea Herald reports that the government has now embraced a controversial new plan to build a naval base on Jeju island, which currently functions mainly as a resort area and tourist destination.As China becomes more assertive in the China Sea, many of its neighbors, from India to Japan, have been taking steps to ramp up their naval power; now South Korea has added itself to this growing list. Many have predicted that an increasingly powerful China would come to dominate the Pacific. The Chinese are going to find that more difficult than they may have hoped.The Game of Thrones continues.