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    The Rise of Asian Giant: China is Ready to Defend Its National Interests

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    The times when China was coolheaded and cautious regarding its foreign policy are over; the Asian giant is ready to show its teeth when its interests are at stake, the India-based newspaper Milli Gazette reported.

    In the past, China tried to influence other countries mainly through economic means, using trade and business mechanisms. However, now Beijing has openly shown that it doesn't approve of any foreign interference in the Asia-Pacific Region, China's own backyard.

    The move towards a more aggressive foreign policy is understandable, as China has enough military potential to start acting in a more dominant fashion on the international level.

    According to the newspaper, during the latest visit of John Kerry to Beijing, China let the United States know that the Pacific Ocean is vast enough to serve the interests of both major powers. China offered the United States to start partnership and mutual understanding in the Pacific.

    West London Reef is pictured in the South China Sea in 2015, in this handout photo provided by CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe
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    However, Beijing realizes that it cannot be reckless and stand against the United States alone. That is why China is on board with the idea of the multipolar world, in which there are several regional leaders. By sticking to this strategy and creating allies in different parts of the world, China plans to weaken the United States.

    When that happens, China hopes to outperform others and eventually become a new world leader. China is siding with its long-time ally — Russia — to defy the US hegemony around the world, The Milli Gazette said.

    Earlier today it was reported that China warned the United States to stay away from provocative actions in the South China Sea. Over the past couple of weeks, tensions over the hotly disputed territorial claims in the South China Sea have been on the rise.

    In the past, Beijing repeatedly told Washington against getting involved in the territorial dispute in the Asia-Pacific Region, arguing that the United States is not part of the issue.

    Washington's desire to act as a world police by sending its military ships and planes to the South China Sea to "patrol" the Chinese backyard could very well lead to an armed encounter between the two countries.

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