The Chinese military expects to avoid misunderstandings and miscalculations with the U.S. side, and to maintain non-interrupted interactions with the Pentagon. Accordingly, the U.S. side should act in a more cooperative manner rather than engaging in provocative actions such as selling more advanced weapons to Taiwan and carrying out unrestricted military actions in the South China Sea.
The fifth article of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea states “Parties undertake to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability including, among others, refraining from action of inhabiting on the presently uninhabited islands, reefs, shoals, cays, and other features and to handle their differences in a constructive manner.”
It is widely believed that although China’s hard power has increased tremendously in the last three decades, China’s soft power is still very limited. To some degree this is true. Very few big ideas come from Chinese thinkers; even the term ‘soft power’ itself is an American invention. Chinese leaders are well aware of this situation, and this is partly why the Chinese government in recent years has tried to promote China’s soft power through institutions like the Confucius Institutes and so on.
Since taking office in 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping has made the notion of a "community of common destiny" the central focus of China`s relationship with its neighbors and the international community at large. With the introduction of initiatives such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and "One Belt, One Road," it appears the idea of the "community of common destiny" is not a slogan but current political mood in China which is part of concerted efforts in shaping a new worl
China is further speeding up its "Internet revolution." Premier Li Keqiang has launched the concept of "Internet Plus," which emphasizes integrating the mobile Internet, cloud computing, big data and the Internet of Things with manufacturing and e-commerce. To further boost Internet use, the premier recently urged China`s telecommunications operators to enhance Internet speeds and cut prices.