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Combining a close knowledge of Asia and an ability to tap Chinese-language sources with naval combat experience and expertise in sea-power theory, the authors assess how the rise of Chinese sea power will affect U.S. maritime strategy in Asia. They argue that China is laying the groundwork for a sustained challenge to American primacy in maritime Asia, and to defend this hypothesis they look back to Alfred Thayer Mahan's sea-power theories, now popular with the Chinese. The book considers how strategic thought about the sea shapes Beijing's deliberations and compares China's geostrategic predicament to that of the Kaiser's Germany a century ago. It examines the Chinese navy's operational concepts, tactics, and capabilities and appraises China's ballistic-missile submarine fleet. The authors conclude that unless Washington adapts, China will present a challenge to America's strategic position.

  • Selected:
  • For the Chief of Naval Operation's Reading List
  • By The Atlantic as one of the Best Books of the Year on foreign affairs in 2010
  • By Proceedings magazine as a Notable Naval book in 2010.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781591149798
ISBN-10: 1591149797
Publisher: US Naval Institute Press
Publication Date: June 15th, 2013
Pages: 292
Language: English