Assessing China's Naval Power

Technological Innovation, Economic Constraints, and Strategic Implications

  • Sarah Kirchberger

Part of the Global Power Shift book series (GLOBAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
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About this book


This book analyzes the rise of China’s naval power and its possible strategic consequences from a wide variety of perspectives – technological, economic, and geostrategic – while employing a historical-comparative approach throughout. Since naval development requires huge financial resources and mostly takes place within the context of transnational industrial partnerships, this study also consciously adopts an industry perspective. The systemic problems involved in warship production and the associated material, financial, technological, and political requirements currently remain overlooked aspects in the case of China.
Drawing on first-hand working experience in the naval shipbuilding industry, the author provides transparent criteria for the evaluation of different naval technologies’ strategic value, which other researchers can draw upon as a basis for further research in such diverse fields as International Security Studies, Naval Warfare Studies, Chinese Studies, and International Relations.


Asia Pacific Security Complex China's Fleet Development China's Naval Power Naval Power Shift Shipbuilding Industry Transnational Industrial Partnership

Authors and affiliations

  • Sarah Kirchberger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chinese Language and CultureAsia-Africa-Institute, University of HamburgHamburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-47126-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-47127-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-7343
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-7351
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