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17 December 2017

The Michael Chase Bookshelf: Leading-Edge Research on China’s Rocket Force and Strategic & Cross-Strait Security Issues

Professor Michael Chase, my former Naval War College colleague, has both extensive U.S. government experience and a set of publications that are well worth reading. It has been a great honor and pleasure to collaborate with him on multiple research and writing projects over the past decade. If you are a student at Georgetown or […]

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28 November 2017

The Prof. William Murray Bookshelf: Keen Insights into China’s Military Buildup & Taiwan’s Defense Options

U.S. Naval War College Professor William Murray’s scholarship on the military development and capacities of mainland China and Taiwan is path-breaking, sobering, and thought-provoking. While others have worked hard to address these important issues, Prof. Murray’s scholarship is exemplary in its ability to distill complex and often misunderstood military operational issues to their essential dynamics […]

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24 November 2017

CMSI Director Peter Dutton’s Pioneering Scholarship on China’s Maritime Legal Approaches, Sovereignty Claims, Activities, and Geostrategy

For over a decade, Naval War College professor and China Maritime Studies Institute director Peter A. Dutton has played a leading role in analyzing and interpreting China’s disputed island and maritime sovereignty claims, efforts to promote them, and broader geostrategic goals and trajectory. He has done so for the scholarly and policy communities, the U.S. […]

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14 November 2017

Latest & Greatest: The Complete China Maritime Militia Bookshelf


Tracking China’s “Little Blue Men”—A Comprehensive Maritime Militia Compendium
Rarely is a topic so little recognized and so little understood, yet so important and so amenable to research using Chinese-language open sources… To increase awareness and understanding of this important subject, here is a convenient compendium of major publications and […]

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06 November 2017

China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI) Launches Website—Great Research Resources!

Visit CASI’s website.
Read PLA Aerospace Power: A Primer on Trends in China’s Military Air, Space, and Missile Forces.
Access useful research sources & links.
CASI’s Mission
“Everything that Flies”
CASI’s mission is to advance understanding of the capabilities, development, operating concepts, strategy, doctrine, personnel, organization, and limitations of China’s aerospace forces, which include: the PLA Air Force (PLAAF); PLA […]

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08 August 2017

The Ryan Martinson Bookshelf–A Treasure Trove of China Civil Maritime Insights

For analysis of Chinese maritime policy and China Coast Guard development, it simply doesn’t get any better than this. Enjoy this one-stop library of my colleague Ryan Martinson’s work. It’s well worth reading all 19 of these superb publications!
Ryan D. Martinson and Katsuya Yamamoto, “How China’s Navy Is Preparing to Fight in the ‘Far Seas’,” The National Interest, […]

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02 August 2017

Worth Reviewing: Harvard’s Vast Resources for China Research

Research Guide for Chinese Studies



Reference Tools
Maps/ Images
Harvard-Yenching Library Archival Materials
Useful Links

This guide provides an introduction to selected electronic resources for Chinese studies.  Any suggestions, questions or comments, please contact Xiao-he Ma  or Sharon Li-shiuan Yang .  Thanks!

Harvard-Yenching Library Homepage
Harvard-Yenching Library Collections 
Harvard-Yenching Library Newspaper Collection
Harvard College Library Homepage
Harvard Library Portal
Harvard Mobile

Fong Prize

 2017 Fong […]

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24 July 2017

Whither China’s Nuclear Submarine Production Capacity? Retired Naval Officer/Intelligence Analyst Offers Exquisite Assessment (Text, Photos, Open Source Lessons)

Christopher Carlson, “Why Everyone Is Wrong about China’s Next-Gen Submarines,” The National Interest, 23 July 2017.
Christopher Carlson is a retired naval officer and scientific and technical intelligence analyst specializing in naval warfare issues. He retired from the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2010 as a senior intelligence officer overseeing the production of technical intelligence products and […]

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24 July 2017

Chinese Navy Article Suggests “Far Seas” Ambitions, Reasons for Rapid Construction of Large Warships (Like Type 055 Cruiser)

A thought-provoking analysis of China’s potential ambitions regarding distant waters and rationale for its recent spate of large warship construction. As the authors rightly imply: While warships may be used in practice for many purposes, including humanitarian cooperation, they are extremely expensive and challenging to acquire, maintain, and ultimately retire. National leaders typically make the […]

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24 July 2017

Read Now If You Haven’t Already: “Three PLAN Officers May Have Just Revealed What China Wants in the South China Sea”

If you haven’t yet read this fascinating and revealing analysis, I strongly recommend that you do so immediately!
Ryan Martinson and Katsuya Yamamoto, “Three PLAN Officers May Have Just Revealed What China Wants in the South China Sea,” The National Interest, 9 July 2017.
Chinese strategy in the South China Sea is expansionary in aim, incremental by […]

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25 April 2017

Marking the Launch of Beijing’s First Homebuilt Hull: The China Aircraft Carrier Bookshelf

Ronald O’Rourke, China Naval Modernization: Implications for U.S. Navy Capabilities—Background and Issues for Congress (Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service, 29 March 2017), RL33153.
p. 18
Aircraft Carriers and Carrier-Based Aircraft59
China has begun operating its first aircraft carrier—the Liaoning, a refurbished ex-Ukrainian aircraft carrier that entered service in 2012. China is well along with the construction of a second carrier (China’s […]

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19 April 2017

Harvard Fairbank Center Welcomes New Executive Director

Fairbank Center Welcomes New Executive Director

Photo: Director Michael Szonyi with newly appointed Executive Director Dan Murphy
Fairbank Center Welcomes New Executive Director
Apr 17, 2017 | News, Outreach
Dan Murphy, former Program Director at the Yale Center Beijing, appointed new Executive Director of Harvard’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Harvard China Fund.
From the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies:
The Fairbank […]

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29 March 2017

The China Aircraft Carrier Bookshelf

Minnie Chan, “China Building Navy’s Biggest Amphibious Assault Vessel, Sources Say,” South China Morning Post, 29 March 2017.
“… Another source said that after visit his visit to see the Type 075 [Landing Helicopter Dock next-generation large amphibious assault vessel] under construction, [PLA Navy Commander] Vice-Admiral Shen [Jinlong] also inspected progress on the new Type 002 […]

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24 March 2017

China Open Source Example: Shipyard Details Sansha Maritime Militia Vessel with “Weapons and Equipment Room” (武备库) and “Ammunition Store” (弹药库)

Andrew S. Erickson, “China Open Source Example: Shipyard Details Sansha Maritime Militia Vessel with ‘Weapons and Equipment Room’ (武备库) and ‘Ammunition Store’ (弹药库),” China Analysis from Original Sources 以第一手资料研究中国, 24 March 2017.
“2015年12月西江船厂58.5米灯光罩网渔船交船” [Xijiang Shipyard’s 58.5 Meter Light Trap Falling-net Fishing Vessel Delivered in December 2015], Taicheng Shipyard, 12 December 2015. Original URL:
Guangzhou […]

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09 March 2017

With Park’s Impeachment, Both South Korea & The Philippines Face “Ambivalent Alignment”: The Complex Politics of American Security Ties in Post-Authoritarian East Asia

Today’s impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye raises the specter of U.S.-ROK relations once again being buffeted by “ambivalent alignment.” National University of Singapore Professor Ja Ian Chong and I coined this term to describe an important and challenging dynamic. In various East Asian societies that have transitioned from authoritarianism towards or into liberal […]

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08 February 2017

China Open Source Example: Proposal to Hainan Government Reveals Maritime Militia Activities

Andrew S. Erickson, “China Open Source Example: Proposal to Hainan Government Reveals Maritime Militia Activities,” China Analysis from Original Sources 以第一手资料研究中国, 7 February 2017.
“关于建设南海渔业后勤补给基地, 发展南海渔业生产的建议” [Proposal on Establishing Fisheries Logistics Supply Bases and Developing Fisheries Production in the South China Sea], submitted to the Hainan Provincial Government, 2 February 2015.
In February 2015, […]

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01 February 2017

Latest China Civil Maritime Insights & More–From The Updated Ryan Martinson Bookshelf

For analysis of Chinese maritime policy and China Coast Guard development, it simply doesn’t get any better than this. Enjoy this one-stop library of my colleague Ryan Martinson’s work, and please congratulate him on his recent promotion to Assistant Professor at the Naval War College!
James E. Fanell and Ryan D. Martinson, “Countering Chinese Expansion through […]

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06 January 2017

Chinese Naval Shipbuilding Ships Immediately When Ordered Directly from Naval Institute Press

Click here to order Chinese Naval Shipbuilding directly from Naval Institute Press.
It will ship immediately from Illinois.
(The 30 copies I ordered were delivered quickly!)

Andrew S. Erickson, ed., Chinese Naval Shipbuilding: An Ambitious and Uncertain Course (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2016).
Eventually, as with the previous five volumes in our “Studies in Chinese Maritime […]

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22 November 2016

U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift on China’s Maritime Militia: “Let’s acknowledge that it’s there. Let’s acknowledge how it’s being command-and-controlled.”

Christopher P. Cavas, “China’s Maritime Militia a Growing Concern,” Defense News, 21 November 2016.
WASHINGTON Near the top of US Pacific Fleet commander Adm. Scott Swift’s concerns is China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), and close behind is the country’s burgeoning Coast Guard. But a third government-controlled seagoing force, the little-known and somewhat mysterious maritime militia, […]

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