CHINA’S NEW WORLD ROLE
THE DRAGON EMERGES
FLIGHT OF FANCY AND FIREPOWER
China’s strong military presence in the region has not only caught the attention of the U.S. but also its neighbours who are aware of the military build-up. China is now reasserting herself in the
dispute with Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and the Philippines over territories in the South China Sea. It was not too long ago that an economically weak China was invaded by Japan and exploited by France, Germany, Great Britain, and Russia.
ENGAGEMENT AND RESPONSIBILITY
For a start, China needs to engage its neighbours at the human level. China has been taking active steps to participate in humanitarian projects involving the military and medical units. In the recent heavy floods in Pakistan in July this year, the People’s Liberation Army of China provided the Pakistani military with tents, power generation and sludge clearing equipment. They have also participated in various peacekeeping assignments under the auspices of the United Nations.
Politically, China is already asserting
its dominance in the region. In recent
years, Chinese leaders have made many visits
to strengthen ties with its Asian neighbours
such as India, Vietnam, Malaysia and
Singapore. China is fast replacing the U.S.
as the dominant Big Brother in this region.
The subtleties are poignant and at the same...............
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