China Maritime Studies Institute Conferences

The China Maritime Studies Institute has conducted annual conferences since 2005. Conferences have addressed a range of issues in Chinese maritime development, encompassing both competitive and also cooperative themes. This series of conferences has directly resulted in the publication of four scholarly books, dozens of published academic articles and multiple briefings for key U.S. decision-makers and relevant staffs.

Peter Dutton, director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at U.S. Naval War College (NWC), speaks to participants of the 2016 Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups Symposium at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island.
Peter Dutton, director of the China Maritime Studies Institute at U.S. Naval War College (NWC), speaks to participants of the 2016 Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups Symposium at NWC in Newport, Rhode Island. Key discussions of the symposium included maritime irregular warfare, grey zone conflicts and addressing irregular maritime migration. 160628-N-RX668-048 NEWPORT, R.I. (June 28, 2016)

China's Gray Zone Maritime Operations

May 2017 CMSI Conference

International attendance is by invitation only, please contact LCDR Michael Cheng for information: michael.cheng@usnwc.edu

This conference covers China’s major maritime forces beyond core PLA Navy units, with particular focus on China’s second and third sea forces: the “white-hulled” Coast Guard and “blue-hulled” Maritime Militia. Increasingly, these paranaval forces, and the “gray zone” in which they typically operate, are where the greatest action is. Beijing works constantly in peacetime (and possibly in crises short of major combat operations with the United States) to “win without fighting” and thereby to further its unresolved land feature and maritime claims in the Near Seas (Yellow, East, and South China Seas). In short, these are operations conducted to alter the status quo without resorting to war, an approach that some Chinese sources term “War without Gun Smoke” (?????????). There is an urgent need for greater understanding of this vital yet under-explored topic.

U.S. Naval War College
McCarty Little Hall Auditorium
Newport, Rhode Island

May 2-3, 2017

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Past CMSI Conferences

May 2015 - China's Naval Shipbuilding: Progress and Challenges

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May 2013 - China's Evolving Surface Fleet

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May 2012 - China's Far Seas Operations

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May 2011 - China's Strategy for the Near Seas

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May 2010 - Chinese and American Approaches To Non-Traditional Security Challenges

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