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01/07/2013
South China Morning Post
As China's navy grows, end of Deng's dictum of keeping a low profile? | quotes Robert Rubel and James Holmes
"The popularity of Mahan's work in China seems to emanate from similarities in the geostrategic situation between the United States of 1890 and modern day China," said Professor Robert Rubel.

"By depicting China as Mahanian, we don't mean to say China's navy must be a blue-water force comparable to the US Navy. It may confine its energies to maritime Asia for the foreseeable future. I believe it will," Holmes wrote in an essay.

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