Accession Number : ADA306680

Title :   People's War at Sea: Chinese Naval Power in the Twenty-First Century.

Descriptive Note : Research memo.,

Corporate Author : CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Yung, Christopher D.

PDF Url : ADA306680

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 88

Abstract : The Commander, Seventh Fleet, asked CNA to assess the security environment of the Asia-Pacific Region (APR) to the year 2010. In addition to an examination of the major countries of the region, of security trends in Asia (e.g., demographics and weapon development), and of future economic trends in the APR, this assessment warranted an evaluation of Chinese naval capabilities over the period of interest. This research memorandum presents the results of that evaluation. The overall findings of this research effort are in the project's final report, The Dynamics of Security in the Asia-Pacific Region (CNA Research Memorandum 95-172, January 1996). Much of the debate over China's future naval capabilities focuses on whether China will soon have a 'blue water' navy. We define 'blue water' here as the capability to seriously contest control over the seas adjacent to the Chinese coasts-the South China Sea and the East China Sea-as well as the capacity to simultaneously threaten to deny access to the Sea of Japan, the Philippine Sea, and the Northern Pacific Ocean against any other navy, excluding the USN.

Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY, *ECONOMICS, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, *CHINA, ENVIRONMENTS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, DYNAMICS, WATER, NAVY, SECURITY, REGIONS, PATTERNS, NAVAL WARFARE, POWER, NORTH(DIRECTION), PACIFIC OCEAN, BLUE(COLOR), ASIA, PHILIPPINE SEA.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Economics and Cost Analysis

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE