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2017 Vol. 25, No. 6  Published: 20 June 2017
Tibetan Plateau and China’s Holistic Security:An Analysis of Tibetan Plateau‘s Role in Safeguarding Critical Routes of the Belt and Road Hot!
2017, 25(6): 1-16  |  Full text (HTML) (1 KB)  | PDF   PDF (3726 KB)  ( 1218 )
Tibetan Plateau has great geopolitical significance for China, which is demonstrated in correlations between: (1) Tibetan Plateau and Chinas holistic security, (2) borderland represented by Tibet and the central administration, as well as (3) China and countries in the South Asian SubContinent and Persian Plateau. Furthermore, Tibetan Plateau has contributed a lot to safeguarding critical routes of the Belt and Road connecting China and the world. Overlooking the silk road of both ancient and modern times from the peak of Tibetan Plateau, it stretches from Asia to Europe. In the middle, the maritime Silk Road and the continental Silk Road embrace Tibetan Plateau, which stands towering like a fortress, safeguarding exchanges of friendly visits. On Jan 2, 1950, Mao Zedong declared that Tibets position in the world is prominent, albeit without large population. Tibetan Plateau endows China with unique geopolitical advantage, thus China could exert both economic and political impact to the Indian Ocean by means of cooperation rather than territorial expansion, safeguarding interest of the Silk Road.
Situation, Motivation and Means of the Game between China and America in the South Pacific
LIANG Jiarui,GAO Wensheng
2017, 25(6): 17-32  |  Full text (HTML) (1 KB)  | PDF   PDF  (0 KB)  ( 591 )

As China enlarges policy interest and strategic power in the South Pacific, China is playing an active role in the area, which gives rise to America’s concern. China and America are in a gaming situation of soft balance, and such a trend of soft balance, for a long time, will play a dominant role in the further development. In the future, China should focus on cooperation, not directly challenge Americas leading status and maintain the present gaming situation as well as promote regional strategy at a steady pace. This paper explores situation, motivation and strategic means of the game between China and America in the south pacific, which will not only enrich the perception about the definition of soft balance, but also contribute to China’s practice of strategy in the South Pacific region.

Study on Remote Sensing Evidence of Maritime Disputes Hot!
2017, 25(6): 55-64  |  Full text (HTML) (1 KB)  | PDF   PDF (1251 KB)  ( 889 )

In recent years, remote sensing evidence is more frequently used in maritime disputes, which demonstrates evidence value in aspects of land use/landcover, land change and status of maritime feature. However, the remote sensing evidence is still under suspicion concerning issues like human error in the production of images and the scope for manipulation in experts’ interpretation. In one word, remote sensing evidence may be concerned potential doubt on its neutrality and reliability by dispute settlement body. Comparing with the development tendency of remote sensing technology, the paper reviews the criterion for evidence of maritime territory dispute. It concludes that with development of remote sensing technology, difficulties to choose and interpret remote sensing data reduce while the objectivity of interpretation improves, and the remote sensing data will gain more weight as evidence at the same time.

The Construction of China's Identity of “Arctic Stakeholders” Hot!
DONG Limin
2017, 25(6): 65-77  |  Full text (HTML) (1 KB)  | PDF   PDF (1347 KB)  ( 1235 )

We maintain or enhance our selfesteem by maximizing differences between our group and other groups on dimensions that positively reflect traits of our group. It appears that the more we identify with our group, the more likely we are to discriminate against outgroups. Chinas “nonArctic states” identity leads to the discrimination by Arctic States. Chinese representatives has emphasized that China is a major stakeholder in the Arctic at Arctic Circle Assembly, 2015. It will be more beneficial to strengthen cooperation if we view all participants as “Arctic Stakeholders”. The construction of identity consists of internal construction and external recognition. China conforms to standards of “Arctic Stakeholders”, and China is trying to gain more external recognition. Furthermore, China also needs to play the role of a responsible Arctic Stakeholder.

Challenges Facing China in Building Search and Rescue Bases on Islands and Reefs in the South China Sea
SHI Chunlin
2017, 25(6): 78-87  |  Full text (HTML) (1 KB)  | PDF   PDF  (0 KB)  ( 587 )
To protect navigation safety and marine ecological environment in the midandfar South China Sea and safeguard national maritime interests, China needs to build search and rescue bases on islands and reefs in the South China Sea, which has legal, cognitive, material and practical foundations. However, China faces complicated and sensitive geopolitical challenges and severe natural conditions to fulfill this mission. Therefore, it is advisable for China to adopt a comprehensive plan and scientific layout. In other words, China should take a rational approach regarding what types of search and rescue bases to build on the Xisha and Nansha reefs where the infrastructure and geographical location are better. In the meanwhile, China should improve relevant supporting facilities and reduce external risks with all means in order to create a better environment for the construction and operation of the search and rescue bases.
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