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No.9 - China's New Neighborhood Diplomacy: Seeking Stability Through Management and Planning

CIIS Time: Feb 14, 2016 Writer: Ruan Zongze et al. Editor: Wang Qiang

 

Abstract:

 

        No matter from the perspective of geopolitics, historical and cultural linkages, economic and trade ties or security environment, Asia is a unique region of strategic importance to China’s rise. Currently, the world and Asia’s situations have undergone great changes and China’s relations with neighboring countries face the test of transformation. Even in the post-financial crisis period, Asia is still full of vigor and vitality and has been the engine of world economic growth. China’s neighborhood diplomacy in recent years focuses on the implementation of the new concepts put forward by President Xi Jinping - “amity, sincerity, mutual benefit and inclusiveness” - and the effort to unswervingly safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests. With the Belt and Road initiative as underpinning, a new scene has appeared in China’s neighborhood diplomacy characterized by seeking stability through management and planning. And the purpose of the new neighborhood diplomacy is to create favorable conditions for the achievement of the “two centennial goals” and the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

 

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