Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a press conference, in Beijing, on Tuesday morning, spoke on some of the most sensitive issues of regional and global concerns.
As an independent observer, few inferences can be drawn, which he did Not speak, but can be easily deduced regarding Chinese strategy:-
• Chinese ambition of having China centric Asia is consistently, but surely moving from pure ambition, towards actions/reality in Southeast Asia.
• While China may agree with the world community against North Korean nuclear adventurism, she will continue to remain her all weather friend, unlikely to use her economic leverages to control them, and will keep options alive, to use them as frontline state against US and its allies, whenever situation so demands, unless they really have no control over them and are in a dilemma, regarding future actions.
• While China may not confront US directly over South China Sea, and continue with economic cooperation, it will continue infrastructure build up backed by deployment of military hardware, challenging US existing global deployment of hard power.
• China’s strategic competition with US in Asia is a reality, and it is increasingly encroaching into US strategic space and influence. Military posturing, tough statements and other actions of US, have not helped them much in losing ground, as China has not halted her activities.
• China seems to be keen to continue peaceful relations with Japan, as well as Taiwan for economic reasons, without forgoing her claims in East China Sea, and shall continue with strategic posturing there.
It will be interesting to watch the future of this strategic competition.
Zhuang Pinghui, Liu Zhen and He Huifeng
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