Sea Dragon Network: Implications of the International Expansion of China's Maritime Shipping Industry [open pdf - 5MB]
"This thesis examines motivations and implications of the international expansion of China's maritime shipping industry (MSI). China's economic growth strategy depends on maritime shipping to export foreign exchange earning commodities and import strategic energy, industrial, and food resources. China's MSI is expanding faster than that of any nation and is creating regional shipping networks that increase levels of Sino-foreign trade (SFT) interdependence. The argument herein is that increases in SFT enhance Beijing's regional ability to advance China's economic, political, and security interests."
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