CSR Blog: An Evaluation of Public-Related Origins of China’s Assertive Foreign Policy

By Yinxuan Wang Since 2012, Chinese diplomacy has moved toward toughness, emphasizing China’s core interests - security, sovereignty, and development - continuing the trend that had begun in 2009. For instance, China has increased its maritime law enforcement ships in the South China Sea. In 2012, China sent coast guard ships to Diaoyu Island and …