(Note 7) On June 17, 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife visited Belgrade, which had been the capital of Yugoslavia. The first place that Xi visited was the site of the former Chinese embassy which had been accidentally bombed by America. Holding a memorial service for Chinese victims 17 years after the incident occurred clearly showed the sense of resentment still felt by China and Chinese President Xi.
(Note 8) This concept first appeared in an official American document in the 2001 QDR (Quadrennial Defense Review). At that time, it was recognized as a Chinese strategy for preventing the US military from intervening in the Taiwan contingency. The core of the Chinese strategy was to prevent the deployment of American military troops in the Chinese area of operation, and to prevent the American military from invading the Chinese area of operation by defeating the American military at as far a distance as possible. More specifically, in the event of the Taiwan contingency, the strategy aims to prevent the mobilization of American military aircraft from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa (Anti-Access) and to defeat the aircraft carrier strike group (a combat troop based on one or more aircraft carriers) which approaches from a distance (Area Denial).
(Excerpted from the October edition of Hakumon)