01 August 2011

Letter to Proceedings Editor on “Chinese Missiles and the Walmart Factor”

Andrew S. Erickson, Response to “Chinese Missiles and the Walmart Factor,” Lt. Cdr. Matthew Harper, July 2011 Proceedings, U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, 137.8 (August 2011): 6.

Professor Andrew Erickson, Naval War College, China Maritime Studies Institute—Lieutenant Commander Harper is to be commended for emphasizing the vital importance of transnational supply chains in today’s increasingly globalized world; the growing interdependence between the U.S. and China; and the terrible devastation, economic and otherwise, that would result instantaneously in the unfortunate event of conflict between the two Pacific powers.

Unfortunately, given their differing histories, political systems, and national interests, the United States and China are not at this point able to fully embrace the vision that Harper articulates, despite its importance. …

For the original article on which this response is based, see Lt. Cdr. Matthew Harper, Chinese Missiles and the Walmart Factor,” U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, 137.7 (July 2011): 16-21.

For further information on coedited volume, see Andrew S. Erickson and Lyle J. Goldstein, eds., Chinese Aerospace Power: Evolving Maritime Roles (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2011).