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China's maritime ambitions (DIEEEO92-2013)

As the second economic superpower, China has hardened its position in defending its geostrategic interests. This new nationalistic foreign policy has reaffirmed its maritime claims over the Easter Sea and the South China Sea, inflaming dangerous disputes against neighbouring countries. This reorientation of Beijing’s diplomacy has shown the will of China for reshaping the established international system. In this path toward a more assertive superpower, China is using more its armed forces and the security apparatus than its soft power, fuelling concern among its neighbours and pushing them into the arms of USA, its biggest rival.

Author: Georgina Higueras y Rumbao

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