Chinese Missile Strategy and the U.S. Naval Presence in Japan: The Operational View from Beijing [open pdf - 337KB]
"This article first explores the reasons behind Beijing's interest in regional bases and surveys the Chinese literature on the U.S. naval presence in Japan to illustrate the amount of attention being devoted to the structure of American military power in Asia. Chinese analysts see U.S. dependence on a few locations for power projection as a major vulnerability. Second, it turns to Chinese doctrinal publications, which furnish astonishing details as to how the PLA might employ ballistic missiles to complicate or deny U.S. use of Japanese port facilities. Chinese defense planners place substantial faith in the coercive value of missile tactics. Third, the article assesses China's conventional theater ballistic missiles that would be employed against U.S. regional bases. Fourth, it critiques the Chinese writings, highlighting some faulty assumptions about the anticipated effects of missile coercion. Finally, the study identifies some key operational dilemmas that the U.S.-Japanese alliance would likely encounter in a Palestinian Liberation Army (PLA) missile campaign."
|Publisher:||Naval War College (U.S.)|
|Retrieved From:||Naval War College: http://usnwc.edu|
|Source:||Naval War College Review (Summer 2010), v.63 no.3, p.39-62|