Peng Guangqian

Safeguard regional harmony

China is in dialogue with neighbors regarding South China Sea disputes that arose following the discovery of resources

An important aspect of Chinese military thinking can be illustrated by the teaching of Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu in the Spring and Autumn Period (770 – 476 BC). His teachings state that the supreme art of war is to subdue the opponent without fighting. This speaks volumes for the core value of the Chinese culture represented by the character “he”, referring to peace, reconciliation and harmony, which continues to retain significance for today’s world.

Today, the Western media often play up the “China Threat”, as if it was a great power suddenly emerging out of nowhere. China had long ranked top in terms of naval power, at least before the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). This can be testified by the seven expeditions made by explorer Zheng He sponsored by the Ming rulers, almost a century ahead of Christopher Columbus’s discovery of the “New World”.

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Kurt R. Spillmann

Cooperation on the Pacific horizon

The “rebalancing” of US attention, activities and forces toward the Pacific as it has been officially announced and pursued by the White House, US foreign policy and the Pentagon since the beginning of 2012 has aroused concerns in Beijing with regard to the actual intentions behind this change in strategy.

China fears that the entire “strategic turnabout” of the United States from the Atlantic to the Pacific could primarily be to impede China’s further ascendancy in order to keep China as weak as possible for the in the eyes of a few very conservative US strategists inevitably imminent confrontation in the Pacific.

Conversely, many Western especially US politicians fear that with its tremendous potential China could not only become an economic danger but also militarily oust the US from its leadership and regulatory role in the long term.

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