Chinese Naval Shipbuilding

An Ambitious and Uncertain Course
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Binding:Hardback
Published:December 15, 2016
By Andrew S. Erickson (Editor), David F. Trask (Editor)

China’s shipbuilding industry has grown more rapidly than any other in modern history. Commercial shipbuilding output jumped thirteen-fold from 2002–12, ensuring that Beijing has largely reached its goal of becoming the world’s leading shipbuilder. Yet progress is uneven, with military shipbuilding leading overall but with significant weakness in propulsion and electronics for military and civilian applications. It has never been more important to assess what ships China can supply its navy and other maritime forces with, today and in the future.
China’s shipbuilding industry has grown more rapidly than any other in modern history. Commercial shipbuilding output jumped thirteen-fold from 2002–12, ensuring that Beijing has largely reached its goal of becoming the world’s leading shipbuilder. Yet progress is uneven, with military shipbuilding leading overall but with significant weakness in propulsion and electronics for military and civilian applications. It has never been more important to assess what ships China can supply its navy and other maritime forces with, today and in the future.Chinese Naval Shipbuilding answers three pressing questions: What are China’s prospects for success in key areas of naval shipbuilding? What are the likely results for China’s navy? What are the implications for the U.S. Navy?

To address these critical issues, this volume assembles some of the world’s leading experts and linguistic analysts, often pairing them in research teams. These sailors, scholars, industry professionals, and government specialists have commanded ships at sea, led shipbuilding programs ashore, toured Chinese vessels and production facilities, invested in Chinese shipyards, and analyzed and presented important data to top-level decision-makers in times of crisis. In synthesizing their collective insights, this book fills a key gap in our understanding of China, its shipbuilding industry, its navy, and what it all means.

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Product Details
  • Subject: China & the Asia Pacific, Current Affairs
  • Hardback : 376 pages
  • Illustrations: 2 Maps, 5 Figures
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (December 15, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1682470814
  • ISBN-13: 9781682470817
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 20.96 oz
Praise
  • “China’s intention to become a major maritime power in the coming decades is well known, but much less appreciated are the means by which it will attain that status. Andrew Erickson’s Chinese Naval Shipbuilding: An Ambitious and Uncertain Course thoughtfully, clearly and factually presents the many facets of China’s commercial and naval shipbuilding ambition and the sobering scope of that national enterprise. To project China’s direction and pace in maritime and global affairs and their impact on U.S. maritime power without absorbing the insights of this book’s extraordinary contributors is a huge mistake and a sure way to get the future wrong. A must at the top of every national security reading list.”—Adm. Gary Roughead, USN (Ret.), 29th Chief of Naval Operations
  • “A nation’s shipbuilding capabilities and capacities can promote or constrain its strategy and ambitions at sea. Mahan knew this, and so do the Chinese. This new volume from CMSI is a great source of insights on China’s shipbuilding industrial base and the means that will be at Beijing’s disposal in the future. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to better understand the competition for maritime superiority that is looming before us.”—Congressman J. Randy Forbes, Chairman, House Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee
  • “A good book on a very important set of questions. Now and in the future we need to know as much as we can about the capabilities and practices of the organizations that design, build, and maintain the ships of China's navy and its auxiliaries.”—Andrew W. Marshall, Director, Office of Net Assessment, Department of Defense, 1973-2015
  • “The contributors to this volume shed new light on an important but under-studied topic: the industrial sinews of China’s naval modernization and expansion. It deserves to be studied by scholars and policymakers alike.”—Thomas G. Mahnken, President and CEO, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
  • “This is an important, timely and indeed ambitious book at a pivotal moment in world history. In understanding China’s shipbuilding and designs one also gains a glimpse into the cultural knowledge, technologies and enduring artefacts necessary to sustain a Navy.” – The Navy, Navy League of Australia
  • “What are China’s prospects for success in key areas of naval shipbuilding? What are the likely results for China’s Navy? What are the implications for the U.S. Navy? To address these critical, complex issues, this book brings together some of the world’s leading experts and linguistic analysts, often pairing them in research teams. These professionals have commanded ships at sea, led shipbuilding programs ashore, toured Chinese vessels and production facilities, invested in Chinese shipyards and advised others in their investment, and analyzed and presented important data to top-level decision makers in times of crisis. This book fills a key gap in our understanding of China, its shipbuilding, its navy, and what it all means.” — Sea Technology
  • “So what are the Chinese thinking?... To what end? I don’t know.' Hopefully, we’ll get more books like Chinese Naval Shipbuilding to help us figure that out.”- Naval History Book Reviews
  • “…a professor of naval strategy at the Naval War College, presents 17 chapters written by naval, academic, and industry experts and linguistics to penetrate the shroud over the Chinese shipbuilding industry…”- Seapower Magazine
  • "This excellent and wide-ranging book represents a very strong expression of interest in Chinese maritime matters." - Ausmarine
  • “The contributors – comprising sailors, scholars and industry professionals – seek to assess China’s prospects in key areas of shipbuilding and the potential implications for the US Navy.” – Survival: Global Politics and Strategy
  • “The book makes it obvious that the next decade will be very important and probably exciting as far as US/China naval relations are concerned.” – Work Boat World
  • Chinese Naval Shipbuilding is highly recommended for everyone who wants to better understand our future multipolar world… healthy food for the brain.” – Australian Naval Institute
  • “The book makes a large contribution to our understanding of the status and progress of China’s shipbuilding industry. All of the authors have made very good use of the available public sources, including the Chinese government’s policy announcements and regulations, industrial analyses, and individual enterprises’ publications, and this enables them to make a knowledgeable assessment of the progress in China’s shipbuilding industry.” —The China Journal

Andrew S. Erickson is an Associate Professor at the Naval War College and an Associate in Research at Harvard’s Fairbank Center. In spring 2013, he deployed as a Regional Security Education Program scholar aboard the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group. Erickson runs the research websites www.andrewerickson.com and www.chinasignpost.com.

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