Troubled Waters, Anniversary Parade, PLA’s Power Projection: Is China a Concern for the World?

Nalanda Roy is a doctoral candidate (ABD) at the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University, New Jersey. She is a Research Associate for the Centre for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights, Rutgers University. She is also the recipient of the excellence teaching fellowship and graduate student excellence award from Rutgers University.
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  • April 2012

    This paper seeks to discuss three important issues concerning China today. The first part analyses the controversial South China Sea dispute that has gained prominence over time, especially after incidents like Bowditch or Impeccable. China’s military build-up in the South China Sea does not necessarily indicate that Beijing will use force to occupy more islands; rather, it seems that China seeks to enhance its military presence to manipulate its bargaining game for future negotiations. The second part deals with the growing political-military strength of the peoples Liberation Army (PLA) and their focus on developing a blue-water navy as well air power to back it up. The paper also digs deep to find out whether Beijing’s actions have become a major concern for the world. The final part focuses on the Anniversary parade that shows how China is getting involved on a major military modernization program to project itself as the dominant power in this region. The paper also argues that limited transparency in China’s military and security affairs have not only given birth to uncertainties, but have increased the potential for misunderstanding and miscalculation.

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