As China grows in international stature, Chinese foreign policy also appears to be growing in assertiveness.

Questions:

  • Is the Chinese navy up to the task of projecting Chinese power and protecting (contested) Chinese interests in the waters around the Middle Kingdom?
  • Is China deliberately avoiding confrontation by refraining from flexing her naval “muscle”?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/25/us-china-sea-boundary-idUSBRE84O07520120525

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/16/us-china-sea-paramilitary-idUSBRE84F03H20120516

http://www.international.gc.ca/arms-armes/isrop-prisi/research-recherche/intl_security-securite_int/Report-South_China_Sea.aspx?view=d

http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/paradox-chinas-naval-strategy

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