CMSI Conference: China's Far Seas Operations

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses students, staff and faculty at U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

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Wednesday, May 09-10, 2012
8:00 a.m.
McCarty Little Hall Auditorium, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Director, China Maritime Studies Institute

This event is for spouses, partners, and significant others of military/civilian employees assigned to the Naval War College and Naval Station Newport and its tenant activities, Foundation members, and local-area retirees or active/reserve personnel.

This conference extended existing research concerning the link between China's naval and maritime development, China's evolving foreign policies, and America's traditional use of naval power. 

Accordingly, the six panels for "Far Seas Operations" were intended to serve as an extension of the 2011 China Maritime Studies Institute conference on "China's Near Seas Strategy," which concluded that China's current strategic concept and force structure is based on a series of concentric layers in decreasing order of intensity: the Chinese mainland, the near seas, the Western Pacific and near seas approaches, and the far seas. 

Yet, China's global interests are increasing and recent operations in the Gulf of Aden, hospital ship operations in Africa and planned for the Caribbean, and ship operations in the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf -- in combination with new force structure and doctrinal developments -- suggest the People's Liberation Army navy is also developing the capacity to operate beyond the near seas. 

After assessing different panel-based questions, participants collectively formulated balanced assessments of capabilities, doctrinal development and plausible scenarios.

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