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Securing Access to Sustain Presence and Overcome Chinese Influence in the Indo-Pacific

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Authors
Malley, Michael S.
Ketponglard, Christopher
Subjects
Naval diplomacy
China
Advisors
Date of Issue
2022
Date
2022
Publisher
Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
Language
Abstract
Chinese control over ports in the Indo-Pacific region is increasingly viewed by the United States and its partners as a threat to their security interests. More specifically, analysts are inclined to see the Belt and Road Initiative as a vehicle for extending Chinese military influence. Until recently, it was difficult for the United States, let alone the U.S. Navy on its own, to compete directly with Chinese efforts to acquire access to ports and logistics facilities in the Indo-Pacific. Traditional tools of security cooperation and assistance were not designed to meet the type of challenge the BRI presents. However, in 2019 the United States established the Development Finance Corporation and joined with Australia and Japan to create the Blue Dot Network. These initiatives provide resources and official support for infrastructure development in lower income countries. This study aims to identify where, when, and how U.S. naval diplomacy can leverage these new initiatives to counter Chinese access and logistics facilities in the Indo-Pacific while enhancing USN access and logistics there.
Type
Technical Report
Description
NPS NRP Technical Report
Department
National Security Affairs (NSA)
Identifiers
NPS Report Number
NPS-NSA-23-002
Sponsors
N3/N5 - Plans & Strategy
Funder
This research is supported by funding from the Naval Postgraduate School, Naval Research Program (PE 0605853N/2098). https://nps.edu/nrp
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO)
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Citation
Distribution Statement
Approved for public release. Distribution is unlimited. 
Rights
This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.