China's Rising Sea Power

The PLA Navy's Submarine Challenge

By Peter Howarth

© 2004 – Routledge

202 pages

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About the Book

This is a fascinating insight into China’s strategic abilities and ambitions, probing the real depths of its plans for the twenty-first century.

China's Rising Sea Power explores similarities between China’s strategic outlook today and that of earlier continental powers whose submarine fleets challenged dominant maritime powers for regional hegemony: Germany in two World Wars and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Using insights from classical naval strategic theory, Peter Howarth examines Beijing’s strategic logic in making tactical submarines the keystone of China’s naval force structure. He also investigates the influence of Soviet naval strategy and ancient Chinese military thought on the PLA Navy’s strategic culture, contending that China’s increasingly capable submarine fleet could play a key role in Beijing’s use of force to resolve the Taiwan issue.

This book will be of great interest to all students and scholars of security and strategic studies, Asian politics, geopolitics and military (naval) strategy.

Reviews

'Does Beijing see itself as a regional maritime power? Is the PLA Navy positioned to take on the USN in the contested waters surrounding Taiwan? Dr Howarth examines such issues in some depth…[and]I was able to develop some interesting perspectives on this important global maritime common arena. I unconditionally recommend this book to all students and scholars with an interest in security and strategic studies, Asian politics, geo-politics and naval strategy.' - The Northern Mariner

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. China’s Tactical Submarine Fleet 2. The Geopolitical Context 3. China’s New Maritime Strategy 4. Sea Control in the Western Pacific 5. Maritime Strategic Theory and the Logic of China’s Submarine Fleet 6. Geography, Narrow Seas and Submarine Terrain 7. Disputing U.S. Command of the China Seas 8. The Universal and the Particular in Strategic Logic 9. Influence of the Soviet Experience on the PRC’s Maritime Strategy 10. Chinese Strategic Culture – Indigenous Elements 11. Chinese Strategic Culture, Submarines and Prospects for War in the Taiwan Strait 12. Conclusion

About the Author

Introduction 1. China’s Tactical Submarine Fleet 2. The Geopolitical Context 3. China’s New Maritime Strategy 4. Sea Control in the Western Pacific 5. Maritime Strategic Theory and the Logic of China’s Submarine Fleet 6. Geography, Narrow Seas and Submarine Terrain 7. Disputing U.S. Command of the China Seas 8. The Universal and the Particular in Strategic Logic 9. Influence of the Soviet Experience on the PRC’s Maritime Strategy 10. Chinese Strategic Culture – Indigenous Elements 11. Chinese Strategic Culture, Submarines and Prospects for War in the Taiwan Strait 12. Conclusion

About the Series

Asian Security Studies

Few regions of the world are fraught with as many security questions as Asia. Within this region it is possible to study great power rivalries, irredentist conflicts, nuclear and ballistic missile proliferation, secessionist movements, ethnoreligious conflicts and inter-state wars. This series publishes the best possible scholarship on the security issues affecting the region, and includes detailed empirical studies, theoretically oriented case studies and policy-relevant analyses as well as more general works.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS008000
HISTORY / Asia / China
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
HIS027150
HISTORY / Military / Naval