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This book analyzes the rise of China's naval power and its possible strategic consequences from a wide variety of perspectives - technological, economic, and geostrategic - while employing a historical-comparative approach throughout. Since naval development requires huge financial resources and mostly takes place within the context of transnational industrial partnerships, this study also consciously adopts an industry perspective. The systemic problems involved in warship production and the associated material, financial, technological, and political requirements currently remain overlooked aspects in the case of China.
Drawing on first-hand working experience in the naval shipbuilding industry, the author provides transparent criteria for the evaluation of different naval technologies' strategic value, which other researchers can draw upon as a basis for further research in such diverse fields as International Security Studies, Naval Warfare Studies, Chinese Studies, and International Relations.
Demonstrates a practical methodological approach for analyzing naval developments in China and anywhere in the world In-depth assessments of China's domestic and foreign policy concerns Drawing on personal work experience in the naval shipbuilding industry Makes the domestic Chinese discourse accessible to the Western reader by analyzing various Chinese-language sources
Sarah Kirchberger is an Assistant Professor of Contemporary China Studies at the Asia-Africa-Institute (AAI), University of Hamburg. A former analyst with shipbuilder Blohm + Voss, she holds an MA and a PhD in Sinology. Her publications include a book on informal politics in China and Taiwan and various articles and book chapters on China's political system, political history, domestic politics, foreign policy, and naval modernization.
1 Introduction.- 2 Naval Power and Its Role in China's Rise.- 3 Comparing Naval Capability and Estimating the Cost Impact.- 4 Producing Naval Weapon Systems: The Industrial Basis of Naval Power.- 5 The PLA Navy's Capability Profile.- 6 Strategic Implications of China's Naval Build-Up.- 7 Concluding Remarks and Summary of Results.