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18 September 2016

ThinkChina.dk Policy Brief: The reconfiguration of China’s geostrategic outlook

In this policy brief, Jo Inge Bekkevold, Head of Centre for Asian Security Studies at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, discusses the on-going reconfiguration of China’s geostrategic outlook.

 

The policy brief identifies five main trends in China’s shifting geostrategic outlook:

 

  • China’s rapidly increasing power vis-à-vis neighboring great powers Japan, Russia and India
  • China’s shift to consolidating its own interests rather than countering other great powers’ influence in its neighborhood
  • China’s maritime transformation, adding sea power to its land power
  • China’s inroad into the Eurasian heartland through the new Silk Road Initiative (“One Belt, One Road” – OBOR)
  • China replacing “keeping a low profile ” as the guiding principle in international affairs with a more assertive foreign policy

Download: The reconfiguration of China’s geostrategic outlook.