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Beyond the Wall: Chinese Far Seas Operations (China Maritime Study, Number 13)

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Technical Report

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Naval War College Newport United States

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This volume is the product of a ground breaking dialogue on sea-lane security held between Peoples Liberation Army PLA Navy and U.S. Navy scholars at the Naval War College in August 2013, with additional material from a related conference, ChinasFar Seas Operations, hosted by the China Maritime Studies Institute in May 2012. At that time the political climate in China was uncertain, in the shadow of the Bo Xilai crisis and of the impending transition of power between the Hu and Xi regimes accordingly the PLA Navy, though invited to participate in the Far Seas conference, ultimately declined to do so. This was not entirely surprising. Attempts by various agencies of the U.S. Navy up to that time to engage in discussions to advance maritime cooperation between China and the United States had been met with lukewarm responses at best.

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