Outlook on South China Sea issue under China-ASEAN community of common destiny

GE Hongliang1 JU Hailong2,3

(1.China-ASEAN Research Center of Guangxi University for Nationalities)
(2.School of International Relations of Jinan University)
(3.South China Sea Strategic Research Base in Development Research Center of China National Offshore)

【Abstract】In October 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the strategic concept of China-ASEAN community of common destiny during his visit to Indonesia. This strategic concept has provided new ideas and new guidelines for the development of China-ASEAN strategic partnership and in particular for the enhancement of the political mutual trust and security cooperation of the two sides. It could also provide new environment and framework for the South China Sea issue and the South China Sea situation. China needs not only to continuously promote the China-ASEAN strategic partnership and create a more favorable political atmosphere for bilateral interaction on the South China Sea issue, but also to actively ensure a smooth communication with ASEAN and response positively to ASEAN’s consideration on the related issues, so as to enhance the effectiveness of interaction and jointly safeguard the stability and peace in the South China Sea, and finally to transform the South China Sea from a focus of dispute into the bond of China-ASEAN cooperation.

【Keywords】 South China Sea issue; Community; China-ASEAN community of common destiny; outlook;

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【Funds】 Major Project of Key Research Institutes of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education of China (Grant No. 11YJAGJW008) Key Project of China Ocean Development Research Center (Grant No. AOCZDA20120) 2014 Open Project of China-ASEAN Institute (Grant No. CW201409) scientific research Project of PLA University of Foreign Languages (Grant No. 2012XYY010)

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    [1]. ASEAN’s policy on the South China Sea issue mainly focuses on three aspects: First, intervening in the South China Sea by the “group approach”; Second, controlling the South China Sea situation by multilateral mechanisms; third, promoting the internationalization of the South China Sea issue by the “great power balance”. More in depth, in terms of ASEAN’s policy on the South China Sea issue there are two pillars: first, the emphasis on “internal consistency”; Second, the implementation of the “balance of powers.” The specific performance of these two pillars shows in the participation in the South China Sea issue by the “group approach,” controlling the situation in the South China Sea by the multilateral mechanisms and promoting the internationalization of the South China Sea issue through the “balance of powers.” Regarding the contents of the ASEAN policy on the South China Sea issue, please refer to ASEAN’s policy on the South China Sea issue comment by Ge Hongliang. Foreign Affairs Review (4): 70–73 (2012) [^Back]

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Abstract

  • 1 What is China-ASEAN community of common destiny?
  • 2 Political mutual trust and cooperative security relationship under China-ASEAN community of common destiny
  • 3 Messages on the South China Sea issue conveyed by China-ASEAN community of common destiny
  • 4 Present status and trend of China-ASEAN dialogue relation on the South China Sea issue
  • 5 Conclusion
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