Compared with his predecessors, Xi is also much more adept at stoking the flames of nationalism to shore up Communist Party legitimacy.
The Xi leadership is of course aware that the designation of more ADIZs could accentuate worries of a “China threat” among the country’s neighbors.
In the past year, diplomats and trade officials have been trying to pacify China’s neighbors, including the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, by offering potentially lucrative trade and investment opportunities.
At an October conference in Beijing on the country’s “peripheral diplomacy,” that is, its relations with its neighbors, Xi pointed out that China must do more to promote “win-win scenarios” with countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Yet the focus of Beijing’s “policy of good neighborliness” consists almost entirely of commercial and infrastructure deals in the Asean region.
More aggressive moves by the PLA, including the recent deployment of the Liaoning aircraft carrier battle group, could instead exacerbate “China threat” concerns that are behind many Asian countries’ anxiousness to preserve a hefty U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Dr Willy Lam
With more than 30 years of experience in writing and researching about China, Willy Wo-Lap LAM is a recognized authority on areas including the Chinese Communist Party, public administration, foreign policy, the People’s Liberation Army, as well as the country’s economic and political reform. Dr Lam has worked in senior editorial positions in international media including Asiaweek newsmagazine, South China Morning Post, and the Asia-Pacific Headquarters of CNN.
Since early 2005, Dr Lam has been a Professor of China Studies at Akita International University, Japan (www.aiu.ac.jp). He is also an Adjunct Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong (History Department & Master of Global Political Economy Program); and a Senior Fellow at Jamestown Foundation (www.jamestown.org), a leading foreign-policy think tank in Washington D.C.
Willy’s views on China are frequently sought by global media including CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, ABC, Bloomberg, Voice of America, and other major publications and electronic media. He has been awarded visiting fellowships by institutions including Columbia University, Washington University at St. Louis (U.S.), Nottingham University (Britain), and Murdoch University (Australia.)