BEIJING’S new policy paper outlining plans to boost China’s military presence in Asia landed with a thud in Washington, with administration officials and analysts taking turns to either criticise the document for its messages of expansive powers, dismiss it as nothing new or simply ignore it.
Said Ms Yun Sun, senior associate with the East Asia Programme at the Stimson Centre in Washington: “Previous papers were released in different months, so it’s hard to verify that China intentionally chose the timing as a response to the US recent positions on the South China Sea. However, Beijing certainly understands this is the week for the Shangri-La Dialogue. This is hardly a coincidence.”
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