China Maritime Studies Institute

China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) enables scholars to perform academic research from Chinese-language sources to develop deeper insight into key aspects of China’s maritime development, capabilities and trends. CMSI publishes research to inform the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, advise U.S. civilian and military leaders and educate the joint force’s next generation of warfighters.

Director, China Maritime Studies Institute

China Maritime Studies Institute Lines of Effort

CMSI works for the Center for Naval Warfare Studies, as a research team supporting the Strategic Operational Research Department. CMSI allows the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to better understand China’s approach to building and using maritime power in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

CMSI Lines of Effort

Click to Open


This newsletter is a one stop shop to our publications, contains links to CMSI comments or interviews captured in media, catalogs our translations, highlights engagements, and previews upcoming CMSI events.

View All Issues Current CMSI News

China Maritime Studies Red Books

China Maritime Studies Number 17: The Maritime Fulcrum of the Indo-Pacific: Indonesia and Malaysia Respond to China’s Creeping Expansion in the South China Sea

The China Maritime Studies Red Books are extended research projects that the editor, the Dean of the Center of Naval Warfare Studies, and the President of the Naval War College consider of particular interest to policy makers, scholars, and analysts.

View All Issues Current Red Book

CMSI China Maritime Reports

China Maritime Reports are short papers exploring topics of current military maritime interest, published at the direction of the CMSI Director.

View All Issues Current China Maritime Report

CMSI Notes

CMSI Notes are short, timely analyses of recent China military maritime events.

View All Issues Current CMSI Note

CMSI Translations

CMSI Translations are translations of articles pulled from Chinese military maritime publications.

View All Issues Current CMSI Translation

China Maritime Studies Institute Conferences

These conferences serve to stimulate focused research and foster dialogue among topic experts resulting in enhanced understanding and continued productive research and analysis on focus areas.

See China Maritime Studies Institute Faculty

Our experienced and renowned faculty have years of earned expertise across a wide range of naval, professional, and academic focus areas. To learn more, please use the link below to access the online directory.

Visit Faculty

CMSI Faculty Publications

For a full listing of current publications written by CMSI faculty, please see button below.

See CMSI Faculty Publications