Centennial Lecture No. 260: Shi Yinhong Interprets China’s Asia-Pacific Strategy and South China Sea Dispute

Modified: June 13, 2016

Source: Office of the Cultural Quality Cultivation

Author: Mai Xianxian

Shi Yinhong, renowned international political scientist, counselor to the State Council and a professor at Renmin University of China, lectured at JNU on June 3. He gave a thorough explanation of China’s current diplomatic strategy on East Asia and the Western Pacific area and the continuing South China Sea dispute, based on his research experience in theories of international relations and strategies and strategic history.

(Shi in the lecture/by Zhang Xindan)

According to Shi, an important goal of China’s current foreign policy is to strengthen its influence in Asia and the Western Pacific area. Two major types of policies are being used to achieve it, he said: “strategic militarism” and “strategic economy.” Strategic militarism played a dominant role since the 18th National People’s Congress of the Chinese Communist Party from November 2012 to the fall of 2014, when strategic economy began to emerge. Shi contended that China has developeded a rather complex and mixed Asia-Pacific strategy.

National security is in the interest of every single Chinese, Shi said. He encouraged the students present to pay close attention to the issues and patiently answered their questions. Zhang Zhenjiang, dean of the School of International Studies, hosted the lecture.

Before the lecture, Xia Quan, deputy secretary of the university’s party committee issued Shi a letter of appointment as an adjunct professor at Jinan.