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What is CHINA’s
ECONOMIC DIMENSIONS OF CHINESE
• China has an export-oriented economy. It is in a position of
• It has large currency reserves and advanced technology but however
it has cheap labour force
• China depends on the willingness and ability of other countries to
import its goods -- as well as the ability to physically ship them. Any
disruption of this flow has a direct effect on the Chinese economy.
• The primary reason other countries buy Chinese goods is price. They
are cheaper because of wage differentials.
• China’s geopolitical centre of gravity is that the more effective it
becomes at exporting, the more of a hostage it becomes to its
• There are other issues for China, ranging from a dysfunctional
financial system to farmland being taken out of production for
• It is a semi-enclosed area bordered on the west by Vietnam, on the east by
Brunei, Malaysia, and the Philippines, on the South by Indonesia and Malaysia,
and on the north by China and Taiwan covering an area approximately 550-650
nautical miles wide and a length of over 1,200 nautical miles.
• China’s growing diplomatic, economic, and military power have increased
Beijing’s assertiveness toward the SCS and culminated in it issuing the following
nine-dashed map to highlight its territorial, island, seabed, and waterborne
claims to this region with an another map reflecting the disputed Parcel and
Spratly Islands in the SCS claimed by adjacent countries.
• China has been particularly assertive in asserting its SCS claims by creating a nine-
dash line map claiming to give it de facto maritime control over this entire region
without regard to international law on claimed land features and without
providing transparency for the rationale behind its assertions. Regional countries
are responding by increasing defense spending and developing responses to
Chinese assertiveness such as the 2014 Australia-Japan defence technology
• Taiwan takes a similar position to China claiming an EEZ of 200 nautical miles. In
May 2012, Taiwanese National Security Director General Tsai Der-Sheng
announced that Vietnam and the Philippines have asked Taiwan not to work with
China on South Sea issues. While Taipei generally favours peaceful solutions to
territorial disputes, some Taiwanese scholars and government officials advocate
more assertive actions.
CHINA’S GEOPOLITICS AND ITS CURRENT
• From a political and military standpoint, China has achieved its
• The buffer regions are intact and China faces no threat in Eurasia.
• Western attempt to force China out of Tibet as an attempt to
undermine Chinese national security.
• The greatest military threat to China comes from the United States
• For China, the primary mission is to raise the price of a blockade so
high that the Americans would not attempt it.
• For China, the primary problem posed by Taiwan is naval.
• There is one area in which China is being modestly expansionist --
Central Asia and particularly Kazakhstan.
• Chinese-Russian relations have historically been complex.
• China does not have a military-based geopolitical problem.
From the President’s Desk:-
• Asia's powers have recently elected or are poised to elect leaders who are more
nationalistic than their predecessors.
• The need for structural reforms to sustain satisfactory growth rates in the face of
global economic forces that are disrupting old models.
• US allies in Asia are wondering whether America's recent strategic "pivot" to Asia
is credible. Given the feeble US response to the crises in Syria, Ukraine, and other
geopolitical hot spots, the American security blanket in Asia looks increasingly