China's "far sea defense" and the "signal drama of the age"
Posted in Foreign Affairs by Peter W. Schramm
This New York Times
story from a couple of days ago is worth noting. The discussion about China and its navy, is becoming a bit more public and a lot more interesting. Despite China's continentalist past, it looks like China has embarked on a genuine maritime transformation. NYT: "Now, Chinese admirals say they want warships to escort commercial
vessels that are crucial to the country's economy, from as far as the
Persian Gulf to the Strait of Malacca, in Southeast Asia, and to help
secure Chinese interests in the resource-rich South and East China
Seas. In late March, two Chinese warships docked in Abu Dhabi, the first time the modern Chinese Navy made a port visit in the Middle East" Also note this article, "China Sets Sail," by Ericson, Goldstein, and Lord, in the current issue of The American Interest
(subscription required), as well as Robert Kaplan's "The Geography of Chinese Power" in the current issue of Foreign Affairs
11:50 AM / April 26, 2010
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Hmmm... I wonder if this is China's way of preparing for (or warning against) any possible (although unlikely) U.S. naval embargo of Iran's gasoline imports in the coming months?