May 25, 2012

China's Expanding 'Core'

Yuriko Koike, Project Syndicate

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China is now engaged in bitter disputes with the Philippines over Scarborough Shoal and Japan over the Senkaku Islands, both located far beyond China's 200-mile-wide territorial waters in the South China Sea. Indeed, so expansive are China's claims nowadays that many Asians are wondering what will satisfy China's desire to secure its 'core interests.' Are there no limits, or does today's China conceive of itself as a restored Middle Kingdom, to whom the entire world must kowtow?

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