Friday, December 31, 2010
The Chinese Core National Interests
After months of diplomatic problems (i.e., selling arms to Taiwan and Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama) between China and the US, the White House finally dispatched two senior officials: Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg and Jeffrey A. Bader, National Security Council’s senior Director for Asia to Beijing in March 2010. The Chinese officials told two visiting American senior officials that China would not tolerate any interference in the South China Sea, part of Chinese “core interest” of sovereignty (New York Times23 April 2010). It was the first time that the Chinese insisted that the South China Sea was a core interest, on par with Taiwan, Tibet, and Xinjiang. Similarly, when Hillary Clinton led more than 200 people to talk the Chinese in Beijing in May, during the meting between Lieutenant general Ma Xiaotian, the deputy head of the PLA general staff, and Admiral Robert Willard, Chief of the US Pacific Command, and Wallace Gregson, a American Assistant Secretary of Defense, Ma stated, “Beijing always values mutual trust and co-operation with the US military… But the US arms sales to Taiwan, frequent reconnaissance by US naval ships and aircraft in the waters and airspace of China’s exclusive economic zones, and the US Defense Authorization Act have long remained the foremost obstacles of Sino-US military relations (South China Morning Post 26 May 2010).”
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After growing up and studying in China and Japan, Dr. Suganuma went to the U.S. for graduate studies, earning master’s degrees at both St. John's University (in Chinese studies) and Syracuse University (in international relations) as well as a Ph.D. (in geography) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.