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Andrew S. Erickson China's rapid development is reshaping the world in all dimensions. Chinese language open sources offer insights into these critical trends. While such materials are increasing constantly in number, diversity, and sophistication, only a fraction is available in English. The analyses available here, many based on sources not previously considered outside China, are designed to help bridge that gap--and thereby increase understanding of the most dynamic great power in the international system today.

23 May 2024

“China’s Maritime Gray Zone Operations” Reviewed by Dr. James Holmes in The National Interest

James Holmes, “5 Essential Books on Maritime Strategy You Need to Read,” The National Interest, 23 May 2024.

Admiral Lisa Franchetti, America’s chief of naval operations or top uniformed naval officer, recently released her first Navy Professional Reading List. The list is solid on the whole. There are, however, many books one could look at. Here […]

23 May 2024

New CNO Reading List Includes “China as a 21st-Century Naval Power”

China as a Twenty-First-Century Naval Power (2020)
By Michael McDevitt
Xi Jinping has made his ambitions for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) perfectly clear, there is no mystery what he wants, first, that China should become a “great maritime power” and secondly, that the PLA “become a world-class armed force by 2050.” He wants this latter objective to […]

21 May 2024

Taiwan: The Stakes

Honored to contribute Chapter 2 with Gabe Collins and Matt Pottinger to Matt’s timely, impactful edited volume!
Gabriel B. Collins, Andrew S. Erickson, and Matt Pottinger, “Taiwan: The Stakes,” in Matt Pottinger, ed., The Boiling Moat: Urgent Steps to Defend Taiwan (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Hoover Institution Press, 2024), 23–42.

It’s been a great pleasure to be […]

21 May 2024

20% Discount for Paperback Edition: “Maritime Gray Zone Operations: Challenges & Countermeasures in the Indo-Pacific”

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China & North Korea’s Yellow Sea activities illuminated as nowhere else!

Check out the new paperback edition of our book, published in Naval War College Professor Geoffrey Till’s Routledge Cass Series on Naval Policy & History. Sponsored by the Korea Institute for Maritime Strategy (KIMS), it offers:

1) […]

14 May 2024

CMSI Translation #3: “Discussion on the Requirements and Methods of Intelligent Decision-Making in Torpedo Attacks by Unmanned Underwater Vehicles”

Ma Liang, Guo Liqiang, Zhang Hui, Yang Jing, and Liu Jian, “Discussion on the Requirements and Methods of Intelligent Decision-Making in Torpedo Attacks by Unmanned Underwater Vehicles,” CMSI Translation 3 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, 14 May 2024).
All authors work at the PLAN Submarine Academy. First author Ma Liang is a […]

07 May 2024

China Maritime Report #38: “PLAN Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft—Sensors, Weapons, & Operational Concepts”

Eli Tirk and Daniel Salisbury, PLAN Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft—Sensors, Weapons, and Operational Concepts, China Maritime Report 38 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, May 2024).

About the Authors
Mr. Eli Tirk is a research analyst at the China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI). His main research areas include the PLA Air Force, PLA naval aviation, […]

02 May 2024

Now Out in Paperback! “Maritime Gray Zone Operations: Challenges & Countermeasures in the Indo-Pacific”

China & North Korea’s Yellow Sea activities illuminated as nowhere else!

Check out the new paperback edition of our book, published in Naval War College Professor Geoffrey Till’s Routledge Cass Series on Naval Policy & History. Sponsored by the Korea Institute for Maritime Strategy (KIMS), it offers:

1) An authoritative Preface by former Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet […]

02 May 2024

Must-Read from CMSI’s Ryan Martinson! “The PLA Navy’s Blue Team Center Games for War”

The PLA Navy’s Blue Team Center Games for War
Naval Command College “Blue Team” experts sometimes go so far as to wear OpFor uniforms during wargames. 
By Ryan D. Martinson
May 2024
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings
Vol. 150/5/1,455

The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has embraced wargaming with an almost religious zeal. PLAN leaders vigorously promote the use of wargaming methods […]

29 April 2024

New from Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)! 2024 Recognition & Identification Guides for 1) China People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) & 2) China Coast Guard & Government Maritime Forces

Attention, Attention, Attention—This is not a drill! Don’t miss the China government naval/maritime ship recognition Order of Battle (OOB) guides that the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) just released! It’s the first time this unparalleled resource has been publicly updated in 15.5 months… And, for the first time ever, ONI has divided its exquisitely-detailed […]

29 April 2024

CMSI Translation #2: “Dominating the Battlefield—The Advantages of Unmanned Intelligent Combat Forces”

CMSI Translation #2: Dominating the Battlefield—The Advantages of Unmanned Intelligent Combat Forces

Zhao Xiangang
Su Yanqin

Publication Date
April 2024

Translator’s Note
This article was part of a series of articles published by People’s Navy for the purpose of helping Chinese naval personnel to understand the characteristics of intelligent warfare and grasp the implications of Xi Jinping’s 20th Party Congress report […]

29 April 2024

CMSI Translation #1: “The ‘Cans’ and ‘Cannots’ of the Military Application of Artificial Intelligence”

CMSI Translation #1: The “Cans” and “Cannots” of the Military Application of Artificial Intelligence

Zhang Long
Publication Date
April 2024

Translator’s Note
This article was part of a series of articles published by People’s Navy for the purpose of helping Chinese naval personnel to understand the characteristics of intelligent warfare and grasp the implications of Xi Jinping’s 20th Party Congress […]

25 April 2024

New CMSI Series! Translations # 1 & 2—人民海军 (People’s Navy) Articles on PLA’s Integration of Cutting-Edge Technologies

New resource from Newport! Go straight to the source, in the PLA Navy’s own words… Check out the first two published translations in CMSI’s new product line! We bring you expertly-translated English versions of two articles from a series in Beijing’s official naval newspaper to help PRC naval personnel understand fundamental characteristics of intelligent warfare […]

15 April 2024

China Maritime Report #37: “Re-Engaging With the World: China’s Military Diplomacy in 2023”

Jie Gao and Kenneth W. Allen, Re-Engaging With the World: China’s Military Diplomacy in 2023, China Maritime Report 37 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, April 2024).

From CMSI Director Christopher Sharman:
CMSI is pleased to provide you with China Maritime Report (CMR) #37, Re-Engaging With the World – China’s Military Diplomacy in 2023.
This […]

15 April 2024

PLA Military Diplomacy During 2023

PLA Military Diplomacy During 2023
Kenneth W. Allen
Introduction
As the People’s Republic of China (PRC) enters 2024, it is important to know how the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted its military diplomacy during 2023 in order to support the Chinese Communist Party (CCP aka CPC). Therefore, this report provides information concerning the PLA’s military diplomacy during 2023 […]

11 April 2024

CMSI Note 5: “Admiral Wang Renhua: Exemplifying Jointness and Oversight for China’s Navy amid Xi’s Grade-and-Rank Reforms”

Andrew S. Erickson, “Admiral Wang Renhua: Exemplifying Jointness and Oversight for China’s Navy amid Xi’s Grade-and-Rank Reforms,” CMSI Note 5 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, 11 April 2023).

From CMSI Director Christopher Sharman:
China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) Friends and Colleagues –
CMSI is pleased to provide you with CMSI Note #5. It elucidates […]

26 March 2024

When China’s Navy Chief Came to Harvard: In Another Time, Admiral Wu Shengli Sought the Academic Gold Standard

Andrew S. Erickson, “When China’s Navy Chief Came to Harvard: In Another Time, Admiral Wu Shengli Sought the Academic Gold Standard,” Harvard Fairbank Center Blog Post, 26 March 2024.
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Andrew S. Erickson is Visiting Professor, Government Department, Harvard University; Professor of Strategy, U.S. Naval War College (NWC) China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI); […]

26 March 2024

China Maritime Report #36: “China’s T-AGOS: The Dongjian Class Ocean Surveillance Ship”

Devin Thorne, China’s T-AGOS: The Dongjian Class Ocean Surveillance Ship, China Maritime Report 36 (Newport, RI: Naval War College China Maritime Studies Institute, March 2024).
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About the Author
Mr. Devin Thorne is a Principal Threat Intelligence Analyst with Recorded Future. He specializes in the use of publicly available Chinese-language sources to […]

22 March 2024

Panel on “What Chinese Leaders are Learning from Recent Wars Around the World” at Columbia-Harvard China & the World Program’s 20th Annual Conference

22 March 2024 3:15 PM: PANEL #4 – What Chinese Leaders Are Learning from Recent Wars

Andrew Erickson, U.S. Naval War College
Dawn Murphy, National War College
Tyler Jost, Brown University
Moderator: Alexandra Vacroux, Harvard University

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Rethinking China’s International Relations: China and the World Program 20th Annual Conference

March 22 @ 9:00 am – 5:15 […]

24 February 2024

China’s New Military Commanders Reflect Xi Jinping’s Naval Ambitions

Andrew S. Erickson, “China’s New Military Commanders Reflect Xi Jinping’s Naval Ambitions,” Harvard Fairbank Center Blog Post, 23 February 2024.
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By Andrew S. Erickson, Visiting Professor, Government Department, Harvard University; Professor of Strategy, U.S. Naval War College (NWC) China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI); and Fairbank Center Associate in Research. The views expressed in this piece […]