On January 12, 2011, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) published an Asian Pacific Blue Book. The book pointed out that, with respect to security, in 2010, China’s relations with its neighboring countries deteriorated. China faces the following four big threats. First, the mutual political trust between China and its neighboring countries has weakened due to the United States’ return to Asia. Second, the tension between South and North Korea has increased. Third, conflicts on the sea have intensified. Fourth, water issues have affected China’s non-conventional security. Chinese experts believe that China is unlikely to have the same stable environment for development that it saw in the first decade of this century. In the long period of time over the coming years, the peripheral environment will be in a state of flux.
Source: China Review News, January 13, 2011