Southeast Asia has been, and remains, a natural focus of China’s geopolitical ambitions. Beijing’s strategic approach toward the region has crystalized as Chinese capabilities have changed. Today’s China is unmistakably asserting its status as Asia’s dominant power and Southeast Asian states find themselves under growing pressure to accommodate and defer to a new and increasingly stark reality. The geopolitical future of Asia is in play, the pace of change is breathtaking, and the stakes both for the region and for the United States are enormous. To understand the game it is vital to better understand how China’s strategic approach to Southeast Asia has evolved.

This report by Marvin Ott and Yilun Hao provides selective translations of two articles from Chinese experts on their maritime strategy and expert analysis on the information in these primary source materials. 

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