Between assertiveness and self-restraint: understanding China's South China Sea policy

  title={Between assertiveness and self-restraint: understanding China's South China Sea policy},
  author={Zhou Fangyin},
  journal={International Affairs},
  • Zhou Fangyin
  • Published 2016
  • Political Science
  • International Affairs
Since 2010, there has been obvious escalation of tensions in the South China Sea, coinciding with China's rise and the United States’ ‘pivot’ to Asia. Has China become more aggressive in its approach to the South China Sea? What strategic goal is China is pursuing in this area? Where does the South China Sea rank in China's overall foreign policy agenda? This article addresses these issues from the Chinese perspective. In the first part, the article discusses China's changing strategy and the… Expand
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