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Date of Graduation

Fall 2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Integrated Science and Technology


This research identifies key sciences and technologies that are possessed or sought after by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). An overview of Chinese naval history is presented to better understand the possible reasons for China’s expansion to the South China Sea. By looking at Chinese official news reports as well as statements by Chinese military and other high ranking officials, a Chinese perspective is developed. Types of defense purchases, spending, and military espionage are evaluated to reflect the new-found capabilities and current technologies of interest for the Chinese Armed Forces. The threat to the US 7th fleet is increasing due to the PLAN’s asymmetric use of modern military technologies. The political atmosphere remains tense and many territorial disputes between China and other nations remain. Meanwhile, a regional arms race is ongoing, and with it instability and conflict between countries in the West Pacific.



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