CHINESE ENERGY SECURITY: THE MYTH OF THE PLAN’S FRONTLINE STATUS [NOOK Book]

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This monograph examines the dynamics of China’s energy security dilemma and the role of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Following this, PLAN development is discussed, and its future role in regional security is hypothesized. This report argues that it is domestic market inefficiencies and poor management practices that pose the greatest threat to China’s energy security. Further, less and less of Chinese energy imports are making their way to the country by sea; thus the PLAN actually has a minimal role...
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CHINESE ENERGY SECURITY: THE MYTH OF THE PLAN’S FRONTLINE STATUS

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Overview

This monograph examines the dynamics of China’s energy security dilemma and the role of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Following this, PLAN development is discussed, and its future role in regional security is hypothesized. This report argues that it is domestic market inefficiencies and poor management practices that pose the greatest threat to China’s energy security. Further, less and less of Chinese energy imports are making their way to the country by sea; thus the PLAN actually has a minimal role to play. Given these realities, Chinese fears of a naval blockade that deprives it of energy supplies as well as American confidence that this is a realistic strategic option in the event of hostilities are implausible. In addition, Beijing’s desire to develop aircraft carriers and other high-tech naval capabilities combined with its contribution to the anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden have led many analysts to erroneously conclude that China seeks to engage in global power projection like the United States. However, the focus of the PLAN will remain regional and on asymmetric capabilities, namely, the effective use of submarines and other undersea devices that ultimately seek to deter American and possible Japanese involvement in a conflict over Taiwan and/or in the South China Sea, such as the Spratly Islands, which China views as inalienable parts of its territory. Although China’s interests are expanding and becoming more international in nature, recovering from the century of humiliation and ensuring domestic legitimacy remain the top priorities of China’s leadership.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148397809
  • Publisher: ReadCycle
  • Publication date: 9/16/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 369 KB

Meet the Author

RYAN CLARKE is a Visiting Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute (EAI), National University of Singapore. Prior to EAI, he worked with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore), the Royal United Services Institute (London), and the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (New Delhi). He has spent the majority of the past 4 years living, researching, and conducting advisory work in Asia. Prior to Cambridge, he worked with several specialized police units, including the U.S. Marshals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Clarke has published nearly 30 articles and has several more forthcoming. He is fluent in both Hindi and Urdu. Aside from these languages, he speaks basic Punjabi as well as Bahasa Indonesia and Mandarin at an intermediate level. Dr. Clarke holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice studies from the University of Dayton, graduating magna cum laude; a master’s degree in international relations from Bond University, Australia; and a Ph.D. in politics and international studies from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
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