The scope of China’s core interests have expanded in recent years to include Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong, but some hot button issues remain ambiguous, including the maritime disputes in the South and East China Seas. Photo: Xinhua The scope of China’s core interests have expanded in recent years to include Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong, but some hot button issues remain ambiguous, including the maritime disputes in the South and East China Seas. Photo: Xinhua
The scope of China’s core interests have expanded in recent years to include Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong, but some hot button issues remain ambiguous, including the maritime disputes in the South and East China Seas. Photo: Xinhua
Shi Jiangtao
Opinion

Opinion

As I see it by Shi Jiangtao

Decoding the deliberate ambiguity of China’s expanding core interests

  • Beijing’s finely tuned ranking of its vital concerns reveal how China assesses its place in the world in relation to the US
  • The Chinese leadership adopted the term in the early 2000s as part of an effort to persuade Washington to regard the rising power on equal terms

The scope of China’s core interests have expanded in recent years to include Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong, but some hot button issues remain ambiguous, including the maritime disputes in the South and East China Seas. Photo: Xinhua The scope of China’s core interests have expanded in recent years to include Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong, but some hot button issues remain ambiguous, including the maritime disputes in the South and East China Seas. Photo: Xinhua
The scope of China’s core interests have expanded in recent years to include Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong, but some hot button issues remain ambiguous, including the maritime disputes in the South and East China Seas. Photo: Xinhua
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Shi Jiangtao

Shi Jiangtao

A former diplomat, Shi Jiangtao has worked as a China reporter at the Post for more than a decade. He's interested in political, social and environmental development in China.