Because Chinese President Xi Jinping was foresighted...piracy in the South China Sea has dwindled until...nowadays...it's a rare event to be attacked by cutthroats in little boats. The military stations President Xi erected are intended to provide a wide blanket of protection. In one recent incident...a 70 foot pirate ship armed with 5 inch cannons attempted to overtake and board a merchant vessel. Within 5 minutes of that distress* call being issued...rocket-firing jets were overhead.
*The 70 foot boat tried unsccuessfully to dodge arial bombardment...with reports that sharks ate whatever didn't drown.