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Prof. Liselotte Odgaard, Royal Danish Defence College, Denmark

China uses a foreign policy strategy that involves presenting China’s actions as driven by deterrence and legitimacy demands. Beijing’s implementation of the deterrence element of its strategy in the South and East China Sea involves enhancing its law enforcement, navy and air force capabilities, responding to what Beijing sees as challenges to its sovereignty with means that are presented as deterrents of further challenges, and communicating China’s willingness to use force, if necessary, to defend its alleged rights to sovereignty and maritime zones. However, because sovereignty and maritime jurisdiction is disputed in the South and East China Sea, China’s claim to use deterrence is interpreted by the U.S. as unlawful use of force against neighboring states to defend claims that have not been assessed as legitimate. Beijing needs to make convincing arguments that its claims are legally legitimate to persuade the surroundings that China is indeed pursuing deterrence rather than aggression.Legal grey zones imply that Chinese practices compete for legitimacy with alternative interpretations.

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