20130321 Behind Beijing's East Asian Maritime Assertiveness
Written by Chong-Pin Lin
Posted by Jonathan Sullivan 23 March 2013
on China Policy Institute Blog, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
For China 2008 was a year of diplomatic harvests. Not only did Beijing reach agreement with Moscow in October on their disputed borders of more than 4,000 kilometers, it did the same with Hanoi on the 1,300 km long border at the year’s end. In May, Chinese President Hu Jintao concluded a successful state visit to Tokyo with a 70-item agreement on Sino-Japan cooperation, followed up in June with a bilateral agreement on the peaceful development of East China Sea resources—exactly where tension between the two countries has erupted since 2010. Not to mention that the PLA and Pentagon established a military hotline in April that year, the Olympic extravaganza was successfully staged in August and the Taiwan Strait was no longer a military flashpoint. Following Ma Ying-jeou’s assumption of the presidency, Beijing and Taipei launched, for example, “three major links” –shipping, postal, and communication — in December.