China should not confine its sights to its coast and borders, and traditional rivals and partners; instead, it should make plans to "move westwards" and establish a new international geostrategic pillar for its Western Development strategy. The "march westwards" strategy is conducive to establishment of more balanced Sino-u.s. relations and helps build Sino-u.s. strategic mutual trust. As its economic interests grow in western countries, China is facing favorable opportunities for participating in multilateral coordination and contributing to its international status. However, the strategy will also bring risks and more attention should be paid to the environment, people's livelihood, and employment in the invested countries. Consular rules must be improved to better protect local Chinese and help them get integrated into local communities. This article does not in any way advocate making "marching westwards" a clear written national foreign policy strategy. Rather, it uses this idea to emphasize that as the geo-economic and geo-political situation constantly changes, China needs to have new and comprehensive thinking on geostrategic "rebalancing" that does not lead to clashes between China's land and sea power. © 2014 by Koninklijke Brill nv, Leiden, The Netherlands. All rights reserved.