China’s Maritime Policy and Strategic Thinking

In the past few decades, China has grown at an unprecedented rate. The country has worked on increasing their own military capabilities with their increased wealth. China’s navy in particular, also known as the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), has been growing steadily due to a renewed sense of maritime confidence from China. The Chinese have been making use of strategy books and doctrines left behind of great military leaders from the past, particularly Carl von Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, and Alfred Mahan; to guide their military strength into a new era. This paper will explore the ideology and strategy of the People’s Liberation Army as well as relate them to key strategists and hot button maritime issues involving China in today’s world.

GMA 400 - Senior Seminar Research