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Tango0118 May 2017 3:34 p.m. PST

"Yesterday I spoke at the Center for the National Interest, which was hosting its inaugural program under the leadership of the Center's new Senior Director for China and the Pacific, Lt. Gen. Wallace "Chip" Gregson (Ret.). Also there was my Naval War College colleague and co-writer Toshi Yoshihara, and we discussed our recent book, Red Star over the Pacific.

I wanted to share my remarks from the event, which examined China's maritime strategy and capabilities, the problems that China is facing in trying to learn how to operate a navy, and the potential consequences for the U.S. and its allies.

"What does it mean to say the Chinese are Mahanian? It clearly doesn't mean they plan to build a fleet of armored dreadnoughts to fulfil China's maritime destiny. What it does mean is that China has imported certain Mahanian ideas that fit with China's unique needs and circumstances, and that it has fused these ideas into its overall strategy. Chinese maritime strategy is an alloy between East and West, and between past and present…"
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