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Active diplomacy to safeguard China’s islands   2012-08-30 13:11:00
One tenet of China's diplomacy is to hide its capabilities and bide its time before taking action. Now that China's national strength has been greatly increased, taking action has become more important, especially in the South China Sea issue.

The Huangyan Island dispute between China and the Philippines has been alleviated. Some observers have concluded that this is because China adopted a new model to handle the dispute. They call it the "Huangyan Island model."

It appears the Huangyan Island dispute has been a good thing for China as well as the claimant country. It shows clearly that China is a big power as well as a strong regional power. If the Philippines kept pressing and provoking China, it would end up hurting itself. China has effectively become the sea power in the Huangyan area, which has been the measured effect of the Huangyan Island model.

It's worth summing up the experiences from China's successful defense of the sovereignty of Huangyan. We can also draw some lessons. One is that China was passive in clashing with the Philippines over Huangyan. It is forced to innovate when solving maritime territorial disputes and not taking the initiative.

China's passiveness in the dispute shows the limitations of the Huangyan Island model in solving future South China Sea disputes. There should even be a question mark on whether it can really be taken as a model.

There are mainly two factors affecting the South China Sea disputes nowadays. One is that some claimant countries in the South China Sea region keep further encroaching on China's territorial waters. The other is the active interference of external forces. Besides, China taking active actions to solve the disputes is inadequate.
source : People's Daily Online     editor:: tina
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