Evaluating Maritime Power: The Example of China

  • Sarah Kirchberger
Part of the Global Power Shift book series (GLOBAL)


China is often treated as a singular case. While sometimes useful, such an approach has decided drawbacks. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that some developmental processes must pass through a series of stages that are universally observable and cannot easily be skipped. By adopting a broad comparative perspective China scholars can avoid this trap. Mapping China’s developmental achievements against those of other rising powers – not only within the Asia Pacific region – using clearly defined criteria can yield a foothold not only for a fair evaluation of China’s present status, but also of its potential for further progress.


Asia Pacific Region Exclusive Economic Zone Military Expenditure BRIC Country Maritime Security 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Kirchberger
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  1. 1.Asia Africa InstituteUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany

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