China's Naval Modernization and Implications for the South China Sea
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis analyzes the implications of Chinese navy modernization for the South China Sea. The PRC is modernizing and expanding its naval capacities for the purpose of protecting Chinas security, territorial, and economic interests. The PRC has placed a great deal of emphasis on modernizing its navy since the early 1990s. Specifically, Beijing has been purchasing Russian conventional naval arms designed to defeat and counter U.S. naval forces in the region. The transformation of Chinas navy from a coastal defense force to a blue water fleet capable of projecting force at sea will have serious economic, political, and security implications for the United States, as well as for those countries bordering China and the South China Sea.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics