On January 27, 2014, Study Times, a journal of the Party School of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, published an article on how China’s dream includes a stronger army. Up until now, China’s basic military strategy has been self-defense, to defend China’s mainland. According to the article, as China rises, China’s military strategy should be more and more outgoing. “(We) should not only be effective in deterring and defeating any aggression against our native mainland; we should also be effective in deterring and stopping any country that is against our vital interests abroad and deterring and stopping any neighboring countries that play with fire and intensify conflicts.”
As for China’s vital interests, the article particularly mentioned the Nansha Islands (Spratly Islands), the Diaoyu Islands (Senkaku Islands), and outer space.
Source: Study Times, January 27, 2014