The South China Sea is now a ‘core interest’ of Beijing — and that’s a problem for its neighbors

PLA Navy fires a salute during a commemoration ceremony for Chinese soldiers killed during the First Sino-Japanese War, near Liugong island in WeihaiChina’s aggressive posture toward the South China Sea has been stirring tensions in the region, and a new national security law suggests that Beijing is just getting started. The new law calls for security to be maintained in all fields, including culture, education, and cyberspace. Moreover, as reported by The New York Times, the law’s passage indicates that there has also been a meaningful shift in how Chinese leaders view their country’s “core interests.” In years past, China’s core interests were believed to mean specific and limited territorial matters, such as those regarding Taiwan and Tibet, that the communist country determined to be internal matters. Read Article


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