23 January 2012

Year of The Water Dragon: 12 Chinese Maritime Developments to Look for in 2012

Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins, Year of The Water Dragon: 12 Chinese Maritime Developments to Look for in 2012,” China Real Time Report (中国事实报), Wall Street Journal, 23 January 2012.

China has now entered the Year of the Dragon. According to traditional geomancy, for the first time since 1952, the year will be associated with the element water. Sixty years ago, in the throes of the Korean War, Beijing could scarcely have been further from the water. Today, however, China’s shipyards are humming and the PLA Navy (PLAN) is sustaining operations half a world away in the Gulf of Aden.

Beginning with the major potential newsmakers, here are 12 key things to watch for and what they mean….