The Significance of South Asia to China:An Role Analysis from Chinese Perspective

Shenhong ZHAO

Abstract


South Asia occupies an important position in China's foreign strategy due to the factors such as its geographical location, resource endowment and development potential, etc. It is necessary to identify major strategic significance of South Asia to China. Serving as an important channel for China, South Asia plays the roles of trade channel, energy channel and strategic channel. It is of great significance to China's economic development in terms of commodity export, raw material import and capacity transfer. Moreover, it has a great impact on China in traditional security areas such as Sino-Indian border disputes, India-Pakistan conflicts and anti-secession endeavor, etc. and non-traditional security areas such as combating terrorism and cross-border drug trade and so on. South Asia is also a "four-in-one" region for China's peripheral diplomacy, multilateral diplomacy and diplomacy toward great-powers and developing countries as well. Besides, South Asia is an important stage for China to implement its diplomatic strategy.


Keywords


South Asia, China, Strategic Significance,Foreign Strategy, Role Analysis

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