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China’s Relations With Its Neighbors After Reform And Opening Up

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China has a land area of 9.6 million square kilometers, with borderlines extending 22,000 kilometers. In its extensive history, China developed long and intimate relations with its neighbors. After the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949, China's relations with neighboring countries experienced complications. It is, therefore, of great significance to safeguard the good neighborly relations and cooperation and create a long-term stable environment around China. China's main strategy was to create an environment favorable for reform, opening up and for peaceful development. China played an important positive role in the peaceful settlement of the Cambodian issue. One of the important changes brought about by the end of the Cold War was the adjustment of relations among big powers. State sovereignty and security has always occupied the first and foremost position in China's diplomacy. Territorial disputes directly concern state sovereignty and security.

Keywords: Cambodian issue; China; diplomacy; reform

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