Expanding the dragon’s reach

the rise of China’s anti-access naval doctrine and forces

Yves-Heng Lim*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Among the multiple dimensions of the tous azimuths modernisation of Chinese naval forces, the development of China’s anti-access capacity has recently elicited considerable interest. The important link between this capacity and an overarching vision of the use of force–i.e. a naval doctrine–has, however, often been left implicit. This article shows that the particular development of China’s naval anti-access forces–more precisely, forces with an impact on the naval balance–can be explained by a shift of China’s naval doctrine towards a distinctly pre-emptive posture, which, itself, stems from the set of constraints imposed by the framework of ‘local war under informationised conditions’.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-168
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Strategic Studies
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • China
  • People’s Liberation Army Navy
  • anti-access
  • pre-emption
  • naval doctrine
  • informationisation

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