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dc.contributor.authorNadege Orbanen_US
dc.description52 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractAfter centuries of sea-blindness, a continental China is on its way to become a major regional maritime power. As this paper tries to show, several factors, including the obsessive desire to get back to its great power status, can explain China's naval ambitions. Chinese leadership's commitment to build-up a modern navy has translated into a "great dive forward" for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), i.e., an ambitious modernization programme which is aimed at giving China the capacity of power projection by the year 2050. The combination of such enhanced military capabilities with a deliberate Chinese ambiguity about what it intends to do with its naval power, has led to growing concerns among its neighbours. A look at what is currently going on in the East China Sea between China and Japan may serve as an example of future scenarios in the region.en_US
dc.subjectDRNTU::Social sciences::Military and naval science
dc.titleGreat dive forward-China's naval ambitions and their implications for the regionen_US
dc.contributor.supervisorRalf Jan Diederik Emmersen_US
dc.contributor.schoolS. Rajaratnam School of International Studiesen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Science (Strategic Studies)en_US
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