China's Strategy for the Near Seas
U.S. Naval War College
McCarty Little Hall Auditorium
Newport, Rhode Island
May 10-11, 2011
The annual conference of the China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) is a key function of the institute and has the aim of stimulating focused research on Chinese maritime development.
This conference theme explored China’s claims and capabilities within and around the ‘First Island Chain’ or in the so-called ‘Near Seas.’ The six panels assessed the rapidly evolving situations of concern in the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea and also the South China Sea. Then, participants collectively formulated balanced assessments of capabilities, doctrinal development and plausible scenarios. Finally, they discussed and debated possible USN responses to China’s ‘Near Seas’ strategy.