Pacific Pivot, Taiwan Fulcrum: Maritime Taiwan and Power Transition in Asia
Chapter from "The US Strategic Pivot to Asia and Cross-Strait Relations"
The banner headline of the Communist Party’s flagship newspaper was printed in large bold characters: “Promoting the establishment of a powerful maritime nation” (海洋强国) is “a major component of the mission of socialism with Chinese characteristics.” Thus spake Party General Secretary Xi Jinping on August 1, 2013, a date celebrated in China as “Army Day.” General Secretary Xi’s choice of Army Day for his declaration signaled that this was not a mere civilian goal, but an Army one. While the General Secretary acknowledged that China had thus far been more of a “major continental nation,” Twenty-First Century China now has “broad strategic maritime interests.” China “absolutely will not abandon its legitimate rights, still less will it sacrifice its core national interests.
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