China’s Non-Military Maritime Assets as a Force Multiplier for Security

by Justin Chock

Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 322

Publisher: Washington, DC: East-West Center
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Binding: electronic
Pages: 2
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Justin Chock, a Summer 2015 researcher at the East-West Center in Washington, explains that "[China's] growing civilian merchant marine and fishing fleets are more likely to be deployed before military units since they greatly enhance surveillance, logistics, and even physical defense capabilities with less risk of conflict escalation. As a result, these non-military maritime fleets deserve greater attention within the study of China's maritime capacities and interests."

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