Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

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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