This is the first comprehensive study of the maritime aspects of China's national power. Drawing from extensive Chinese source materials and a large volume of recently declassified US. intelligence reports, Commander Muller looks at China's rise to strategic and economic power at sea since 1945. For each of three major periods in modern Chinese history (1945 to the Sino-Soviet break, 1960 to the Lin Biao incident, and 1971 to the present), Commander Muller examines the evolution of Chinese maritime power from five perspectives: He recounts naval history in detail; analyzes naval strategy; reveals the key role of maritime economics; dissects internal navy politics; and addresses China's maritime foreign relations. A final chapter considers the implications of China's new status as a maritime power with regard to a possible Sino-Soviet war, the Taiwan issue, economic growth, and regional territorial conflict.
Table of Contents
Also of Interest -- A Note on Sources and Transliteration -- Introduction -- The End of World War II Through the Sino-Soviet Break -- Naval History, 1945–1960 -- Naval Strategy, 1949-1960 -- Maritime Economics, 1949-1960 -- Naval Politics, 1949-1960 -- Maritime Foreign Relations, 1949-1960 -- The Sino-Soviet Split Through the Fall of Lin Biao -- Naval History, 1960-1971 -- Naval Strategy, 1960-1971 -- Maritime Economics, 1960-1971 -- Naval Politics, 1960-1971 -- Maritime Foreign Relations, 1960-1971 -- Maritime China Since the Fall of Lin Biao -- Naval History, 1971-1983 -- Naval Strategy, 1971-1983 -- Maritime Economics, 1971-1983 -- Naval Politics, 1971-1983 -- Maritime Foreign Relations, 1971-1983 -- Conclusion: China as a Maritime Power—the Implications