The disclosure is significant for countries in the region as it suggests that Beijing’s maritime policy is set to shift towards increased assertiveness. It implies that as China’s military might rises and its economic and strategic interests expand, China will copy US behaviour. It will accord to itself the right to carry out surveys and gather intelligence inside the EEZs of other countries. China’s actions will initially affect South Korea, Japan and countries with competing claims in the South China Sea. As China’s navy extends its reach and capabilities, this policy will directly impact countries like India.
Ni Lexiong, director of the Sea Power and Defence Policy Research Institute at the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, confirmed that the PLA senior colonel’s remarks reflected the “changing concept of maritime affairs” of China’s leaders “following the rapid development of China’s maritime industry and rising strength of its naval force in the past decade”. The remarks also suggest that Beijing’s interpretation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea could be under review.
I think it is already pretty clear that China has shifted to a more assertive policy. However, it could get worse.
Here we have a system (China) that has grown under stable conditions for a long time. Now we are starting to see important changes in China’s behavior toward its neighbors. Its thinking has changed – it has a new confidence in its abilities. However, its economy appears to be in trouble. The building of very tall skyscrapers seems to be a leading indicator of trouble. There is concern of a revolution.
Skyscrapers That Predicted Financial Crises – Business Insider
In China, construction on Sky City, which is expected to be the world’s tallest building, will begin in June.
It is expected to rise to 838 meters.
Barclays’ Skyscraper Index suggests that construction booms, especially those highlighted by record-breaking skyscrapers, coincide with the beginning of economic downturns. The index even suggests that the rate of increase in height could also reflect the extent of that economic crisis.
Drawing on Barclays’ Skyscraper Index, we pulled 11 skyscrapers whose constructions coincided with the financial crises of their times.