01 July 2014

Beyond RIMPAC: 3 Ways to Engage China on Security

Natalie Sambhi and Nicole Yeo, “Beyond RIMPAC: 3 Ways to Engage China on Security,” The Diplomat, 2 July 2014.

… 1. Using “Non-Aligned” Countries As Conduits

Given recent tensions in the South China Sea, it is imperative that ASEAN members explore creative options to engage China as well, including through military exercises. …as an Asian Pacific power, the U.S. might seek invitation to these activities…. These kinds of low-level interactions are another interface between regional military members — one that can also circumvent the kinds of political sensitivities and legislative challenges on both sides in rushing to broaden the existing repertoire of U.S.-China bilateral exercises. …

  1.  Encouraging China’s Multilateralism

As articulated by Scot Marciel, the U.S. State Department’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, the foreign policy space in Asia is not zero-sum.  In fact, many Obama administration officials have advocated China playing a bigger role within regional institutions. …

  1.  Increasing Cooperation on Transnational Crime

The PLA Navy (PLAN) is already heavy involved in counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. As Andrew Erickson and Austin Strange have pointed out, the multinational counter-piracy effort in the Gulf of Aden has provided a remarkable and unprecedented platform for the PLAN to work successfully together with the U.S., European and even Japanese navies despite China’s sometimes difficult maritime relations in waters closer to home. The success of the Gulf of Aden model, which ostensibly capitalizes on a shared interest between countries in the safety of sea lanes critical for global trade, is one that can be built upon further through other platforms. …

For the full text of the article cited here, see Andrew S. Erickson and Austin M. Strange, “Why China’s Gulf Piracy Fight Matters,” Global Public Square, CNN, 7 January 2014.


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Andrew S. Erickson, “No Substitute for Experience: Chinese Anti-Piracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden,” Eight Bells Book Lecture, Naval War College Museum, Newport, RI, 27 February 2014.

Andrew S. Erickson and Austin M. Strange, “Parallel Progress, Positive Potential: Sino-American Cooperation to Further Sea Lane Security in the Gulf of Aden,” China International Strategy Review 2013 (English edition) (2013): 479-501.

Andrew S. Erickson and Austin M. Strange, “Piracy’s Next Frontier: A Role for China in Gulf of Guinea Security?” The National Interest, 10 December 2013.

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Andrew Erickson and Austin Strange, “China and the International Antipiracy Effort,” The Diplomat, 1 November 2013.

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Andrew S. Erickson and Austin M. Strange, “Sunk Costs: China and the Pirates,” The Diplomat, 26 September 2013.

Andrew S. Erickson and Austin M. Strange, “Learning the Ropes in Blue Water: The Chinese Navy’s Gulf of Aden Deployments Have Borne Worthwhile Lessons in Far-Seas Operations—Lessons that Go Beyond the Antipiracy Mission,” U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 139.4 (April 2013): 34-38.

Andrew Erickson and Austin Strange, “‘Selfish Superpower’ No Longer? China’s Anti-Piracy Activities and 21st-Century Global Maritime Governance,” Harvard Asia Quarterly, 14.1/2 (Spring/Summer 2012): 92-102.

Andrew S. Erickson, “Chinese Sea Power in Action: the Counter-Piracy Mission in the Gulf of Aden and Beyond,” in Roy Kamphausen, David Lai, and Andrew Scobell, eds., The PLA at Home and Abroad: Assessing the Operational Capabilities of China’s Military (Carlisle, PA: U.S. Army War College and National Bureau of Asian Research, July 2010), 295-376.

Andrew S. Erickson and Justin D. Mikolay, “Welcome China to the Fight Against Pirates,” U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 135.3 (March 2009): 34-41.