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The South China Sea in China's Strategic Thinking

These articles examines China's strategic thinking and policy towards the South China Sea in the post-Cold War era. One of its objectives is to show the linkage between China's "strategic thinking" and its "strategic behaviour". One cannot understand China's strategic behaviour and policy without analysing the strategic thinking and thoughts of China's decision-makers, especially Deng Xiao-ping's eight strategic principles which have provided the foundation for Jiang Zemin's policy towards the South China Sea since the postCold War era. The article also throws some light on the understanding of China's changing perception towards the sea and its preparations to face the challenges from possible maritime conflicts in the twenty-first century.

SHEE POON KIM, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Volume 19, Number 4, March 1998.