A Perspective on China’s Maritime Security Strategy

Authored by: Xu Hui , Cao Xianyu

Routledge Handbook of Naval Strategy and Security

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138840935
eBook ISBN: 9781315732572
Adobe ISBN: 9781317555391


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With the rapid development of China’s maritime force, its maritime strategy has become the subject of many speculations. What is China’s intention in developing a maritime force? How will China employ its growing maritime force and what implications will it have for global maritime security? Will it be a threat, challenge, or a constructive force? Especially in recent years, as tensions between China and some of its neighbors over maritime issues have grown, China’s maritime security policy has been labeled as “aggressive,” “assertive,” “coercive,” or “revisionist.” Some experts even contend that China’s maritime strategy reflects a fundamental shift in its foreign policy. 2 Other authors, however, have taken different views and have argued that the Chinese government pursues defensive interests in the region and that its maritime efforts have been a far cry away from presenting threats to anyone.

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