‘Foreign Policy Incoherence Limits China’s Power in Asia’

“Enhancing naval power serves several strategic functions for Beijing. Most fundamentally, possessing a modern navy is a prerequisite for China’s emergence as a genuine counterbalance to American influence in East Asia. To fulfill its ambition of once again becoming the region’s central actor, China requires greater maritime power projection and must be able — and willing — to shoulder the security responsibilities associated with this role. Improved nonconventional capabilities will allow China to assume a larger role in multilateral initiatives such as regional counterterrorism operations and disaster relief. Maritime reach is also critical to its ability to protect key supply routes in the South China Sea and beyond.”



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