Beijing is engaged in non-traditional forms of warfare to ensure it wins the battle for regional dominance without resorting to military force. The end goal is to deprive the United States of its allies in the region and return to the position of Asia’s paramount power, writes GIS guest expert Vaughan Winterbottom. The US threatens China’s rise and the threat perception is exacerbated by American alliances with countries in China’s traditional sphere of dominance - East and Southeast Asia.

<i>Since 2008, China has engaged in confrontational behaviour in the East and South China Seas with a new assertiveness, inviting the conclusion that Beijing’s long-term strategic intention is...

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 Vaughan Winterbottom
Among regional populations, anti-Chinese sentiment has been galvanised, as evidenced by violent protests in Vietnam in 2014 and by surveys which show more than 90 per cent of Japanese have an unfavourable opinion of China
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