2012-06-25 – A Chinese military think tank document suggests China should increase its power and influence in areas of the Pacific west of Micronesia and in the Indian Ocean, according to Chinese informed sources.
The internal document of the Academy of Military Sciences of the People’s Liberation Army said China should consolidate its naval power in the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea and the South China Sea while at the same time “effectively protecting national interests” in areas of the western Pacific and the northern and central Indian Ocean that lie west of 165 degrees longitude and north of 35 degrees latitude.
Asked about the document, the academy said it was the view of one researcher at the academy and not the authorities’ official stance. The academy is known for being on the cutting edge of research into military strategy in China.
Japan, the United States and South Korea held trilateral naval exercises last week with an eye to China’s increasing maritime assertiveness.