BBC News – As China rises, America responds

And Luo Yuan, a senior officer at the People’s Liberation Army’s Academy of Military Sciences, told the paper that while neither the United States or China desire to start a war, “if China’s core interests such as its sovereignty, national security and unity are intruded on, a military conflict will be unavoidable”.

That’s tough talk, but it’s exactly the sort of aggressive tone which is alarming China’s neighbours and making them more receptive to America’s overtures.

BBC News – As China rises, America responds

China: Assessing ‘Core Interests’- Driven Foreign Policy

What are the ‘core interests’?

Identifying China’s “core interests”, the Chinese leader Dai Bingguo, who plays a major role in foreign policy making, said in end July 2009 that “the PRC’s first core interest is maintaining its fundamental system and state security, second is state sovereignty and territorial integrity and the third is the continued stable development of the economy and society.”[1] A similar priority to protection of national sovereignty and security above the development imperative is being seen of late also in China’s defence policy formulations[2]. In specific terms, Tibet, Xinjiang, Taiwan and South China Sea Islands as well as strategic resources and trade routes[3] stand listed under the ‘core interest’ category; authoritative Chinese State media have averred that the PRC will make no compromises on them and never waive its right to protect them with military means.[4] What immediately comes to one’s mind is that such recalibration of policy goals has followed the ethnic riots in Tibet (March 2008) and Xinjiang (July 2009), perceived by Beijing as serious internal security challenges.

China: Assessing ‘Core Interests’- Driven Foreign Policy

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