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China's Political Uses of Seapower

By Toshi YOSHIHARA

Abstract

China’s recent assertiveness in the South China Seas is a harbinger of things to come. Beijing’s seapower project and the enormous resources it has enjoyed have opened up new strategic vistas for Chinese leaders and military commanders. With larger and more capable seagoing forces at its disposal, Beijing is well positioned to fashion sophisticated strategies that will be more effective and equally difficult to counter. While such strategies do not—yet—portend the fundamental reordering of maritime Southeast Asia, they will likely yield incremental dividends that advance China’s larger aims at sea

Topics: Social and Behavioral Sciences, political economy, security, Asia, seapower, maritime projection of power, South China Sea
Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
Year: 2013
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