Authors: Wang Li & Fan Yao-tian
During August 15-17, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited China, which was followed by the signing of the framework to build a new dialogue mechanism between two joint staff departments.
As Comprehensive National Power (CNP) of China is growing, its strategy to impose its national will (as perceived by its few key leaders), exercise its power through its behavior in the international arena is undergoing noticeable change. Besides unprecedented economic growth in last few decades, its technological advancement gave significant boost to its soft as well as hard power.
While the media is currently consumed with North Korea, the Russian/Trump fiasco, and ISIS, a new silent issue is arising in the Far East. With all these pressing issues coupled with the new approach to foreign policy by the Trump Administration , China appears to have a window of opportunity to further solidify its burgeoning strategic control of the South China Sea.