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dc.contributor.authorGlosny, Michael A.
dc.contributor.authorSaunders, Phillip C.
dc.contributor.authorRoss, Robert S.
dc.dateFall 2010
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-28T18:07:23Z
dc.date.available2014-08-28T18:07:23Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.identifier.citationInternational Security, Vol. 35, No. 2, (Fall 2010), pp. 161–175.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/43140
dc.description.abstractIn “China’s Naval Nationalism: Sources, Prospects, and the U.S. Response,” Robert Ross seeks to explain why “China will soon embark on a more ambitious maritime policy, beginning with the construction of a power-projection navy centered on an aircraft carrier.” Ross argues that geopolitical constraints should lead China, a continental power, to pursue access denial as its optimal maritime strategy. He relies on “naval nationalism”to explain China’s development of naval power-projection capabilities, which he describes as a suboptimal choice given China’s geopolitical position. We argue that “naval nationalism” is an underdeveloped and unconvincing explanation for China’s pursuit of expanded naval capabilities. Instead, China’s development of a limited naval power-projection capability reflects changes in China’s threat environment and expanded Chinese national interests created by deeper integration into the world economy. In our critique, we first identify flaws in Ross’s geopolitical analysis. Second, we discuss shortcomings in his causal argument. Lastly, we briefly present Chinese rationales for the development of limited power-projection capabilities, which are consistent with a proper understanding of Chinese interests.en_US
dc.rightsThis 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 Statesen_US
dc.titleCorrespondence: Debating China's Naval Nationalismen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs


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