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Chinese Maritime Power in the 21st Century
Strategic Planning, Policy and Predictions


Hu Bo

ISBN 9780367777579
Published April 1, 2021 by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

This book analyses China’s maritime strategy for the 21st century, integrating strategic planning, policy thinking and strategic prediction.

This book explains the construction and application of China's military, political, economic and diplomatic means for building maritime power, and predicts the future of China's maritime power by 2049, as well as development trends in global maritime politics. It explores both the strengths and the limitations of President Xi’s ‘Maritime Dream’ and provides a candid assessment of the likely future balance at sea between China and the United States. This volume explains and discusses China’s claims and intentions in the East and South China Seas and makes some recommendations for China's future policy that will lessen the chance of conflict with the United States and its closer neighbors.

This book will be of much interest to students of maritime strategy, naval studies, Chinese politics and International Relations in general.

Table of Contents

1. Three Major Systematic Objectives of Chinese Maritime Power

2. The Connotation and Characteristics of Chinese Maritime Power

3. China’s Coastal Geostrategy

4. China’s Exterior Line Strategy at Sea

5. Disputes Over the Diaoyu Islands and Demarcation of the East China Sea

6. A Solution to Tensions in the South China Sea

7. Promoting Peaceful Power Transition between China and the United States

8. Maritime relations with Japan, ASEAN, India, Australia and Russia

9. Deterrence is Preferable to Fighting

10. Tridents Beyond Armed Force

11. Conclusion and Expectation: China’s Maritime Power in the Year 2049

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Hu Bo is a senior researcher at the Institute of Ocean Research, Peking University, China.